Railway services to Kansai International Airport have resumed, two weeks after the bridge linking it with the mainland was damaged by an oil tanker.
Powerful winds and waves caused by a typhoon drove the tanker into the bridge on September 4th, badly damaging the railway tracks and one side of the lanes for car traffic.
Repair work went more smoothly than expected and both West Japan Railway Company and Nankai Electric Railway resumed services on Tuesday morning, 3 days earlier than initially planned.
Each day, the two railways carry about 67,000 passengers, or about 80 percent of people going to the airport.
Repair work on lanes for car traffic is ongoing and it is still unclear when it will be completed.