Category Archives: Infrastructure

Shenzhen-Jiangmen Railway gets green light

The GBA gets a major boost at the end of this month, when the north-south Intercity Railway opens between Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou, as we reported recently. But in five years’ time, the much bigger infrastructure project of the main east-west high-speed railway connection will open. This has been confirmed by provincial authorities. The Shenzhen-Jiangmen section of the Shenmao Railway has been given the official green light to begin construction by the end of the year, with completion set for late 2024.

It cannot be emphasized enough how this railway connection will change the economic structure of the GBA. Running from Shenzhen’s under-construction Xili Station, one of the city’s four major railway hubs, it will run across (and under) the mouth of the Pearl River, linking the manufacturing powerhouses of Shenzhen and Dongguan on the east with Nansha (in the middle) and Zhongshan and Jiangmen in the west.

The Shenzhen-Nansha section will chug along at a sedate 200km/h, while the Nansha-Jiangmen section will allow speeds of up to 250km/h. There will only be seven main stations along the route, which means express trains can get across the Bay more quickly at certain times of the day.

The line will essentially make Zhongshan and Jiangmen outer neighborhoods of Shenzhen. And it will boost Nansha, being right in the middle, as a central hub as it strives to build a new center of gravity for the entire Bay (more on this tomorrow in our Nansha overview).

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Zhuhai wants Crossbay Railway, ASAP

The western side of the Greater Bay Area still struggles with connectivity issues, and speedier progress is needed in linking it to the eastern side. So says the CPPCC of Zhuhai. 

Fortunately, there is a plan on the drawing board that could alleviate this challenge, according to Pan Ming, deputy chairman of the city’s CPPCC, quoted by the Zhuhai Daily. It is the proposed Crossbay Railway, otherwise known as the Shenzhen-Nanning High-Speed Railway (Shennan). This incredible project, which would be built entirely under the seabed across the Pearl River Delta, has its engineering challenges, but Pan believes it has been researched thoroughly and provides the best available solution.

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New railways set to open

Two major Intercity Railways are set to open at the end of this month, which will significantly improve travel times between the Greater Bay Area’s four major cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Foshan. Moreover, Shenzhen’s Metro Line 5 will also open, finally connecting the Qianhai special zone to the rest of the city. 

According to local media, all 15 stations of the Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen Intercity Railway are now complete, and the line will open on September 30. During the initial trial period, the railway will be testing some “skip-stop” services, which should cut travel time from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou to under 40 minutes.

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Guangzhou-Zhanjiang high-speed rail approved

The feasibility study report of the Guangzhou-Zhanjiang high-speed rail project has been approved and is expected to start construction by the end of the year, with completion set for 2024. Costing around RMB100 billion, the project will shorten the journey between the provincial capital and its southernmost city, facing Hainan, to two hours. It currently takes 17 hours.

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Crossing the Bay: Bridges, Tunnels and Trains

After nearly a year of operation, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) is now well-established as the final piece of the “ring” enclosing the Greater Bay Area’s 11 cities. This being the region that never sits still, therefore, it’s time to look at what comes next for other major projects linking the eastern and western sides of the Greater Bay.

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Guangzhou airport gets new expressway

Guangzhou’s Huadu district will spend RMB1.3 billion building a connecting road from Guangzhou Baiyun AirportTerminal 2 to the Second Airport Expressway, which is needed to ease traffic congestion on the existing expressway, according to a report from Southern Daily.

Terminal 2 opened in January last year. But already, it is being inundated by passenger flows. It is estimated that the airport will serve 80 million passengers by next year and 95 million by 2035. Therefore, the road connection is seen as vital. Several railways are also being built in the coming years that will connect to the airport.

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Zhuhai airport plans major expansion

Zhuhai’s international airport is about to get a major upgrade. The city will spend RMB4.8 billion over the next eight years to expand capacity by adding a second terminal and other facilities. By 2027, it will be able to handle 198,000 flights, 27.5 million passengers and 104,000 tons of cargo and mail annually. 

The new capacity, which includes 25 new parking stands, is called for in response to surging passenger throughput, which reached 11.22 million last year. The current terminal has a designed capability of 12 million. 

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Huizhou builds news GBA transport hub

The Huizhou Natural Resources Bureau recently released a detailed planning document for the city’s North High-Speed Railway Station, aiming to develop an integrated transportation hub and innovation center. 

The hub will contain five stations for high-speed railways, intercity railways, city metros, long-distance buses, and city buses. It is where the Jiangxi-Shenzhen high-speed railway will criss-cross with the Guangzhou-Shantou railway. But it will be much more besides, based on a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) model, which will include space for offices, cultural industries, education, and residential development. Kindergartens, middle schools and medical centers are all in the plan. Other facilities like public libraries, commercial centers and parks will also be built. 

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Dongguan issues Binhaiwan masterplan

Located on Dongguan’s west coast, Binhaiwan is envisaged as a key transport node for the integration of the core area of the GBA. It is situated literally in the region’s dead-center. With a population currently less than 100,000, the area is expected to grow to more than 250,000 residents by 2025, generating GDP of RMB50 billion, and four times that again by 2035, with GDP of RMB 200 billion and a population of 500,000.

The newly issued masterplan lists 28 key projects, including 8 infrastructure projects, 9 industrial projects, 8 environmental improvement projects and 3 public facility projects. The Binhaiwan Avenue and Dongwan Avenue projects will be in the first batch to be launched in Q3 this year. A Greater Bay Area University is also planned on Weiyuan Island to serve as an innovation cluster in the area. 

The Binhaiwan Bay Area will focus on environmentally sustainable development. A low-speed transportation system including bicycle tracks and pedestrian paths will be built. The government is also highlighting ecological restoration and reconstruction of the ecosystem, building “three green hearts” including the 5,000-acre Weiyuan Island Forest Park, 4,000-acre Binhaiwan Bay Central Agricultural Park, and 2,000-acre Modie River Wetland Park. 

“Smart City” appliancations will also be adopted, including smart streetlights, smart parking lots, smart driving and smart logistics. 

Cooperation with Hong Kong and Macau is another focus of the Binhaiwan Bay Area masterplan. The government is planning to build a 1500-acre Youth Innovation Town in the area, deepening ties with the two SARs in talent exchange, culture, education, healthcare, youth entrepreneurship and finance. The Youth Innovation town is expected to attract 3,000 young talents by 2025 and 30,000 in 2035. 

The Binhaiwan Bay Area is also cooperating with the Hong Kong MTR Group to connect Binhaiwan Bay Station with Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Station to build an integrated station with multiple rail links. The transportation network will allow residents to travel from Binhaiwan to Shenzhen in 6 minutes, to Guangzhou in 35 minutes and to Hong Kong in 40 minutes. 

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SZ-HK helicopter flights launched

Helicopter services within the GBA are no longer exclusively for high-rollers going to Macau: Shenzhen has introduced flights to Hong Kong as well. The first was run last Friday by an Airbus H135, which took 15 minutes from Shenzhen Baoan International Airport to the Shun Tak Heliport in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district. 

Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company will run a fleet a high-end helicopters that will expand to 1,000 within the next five years. It will focus on business and leisure travel for those wanting to experience what a “15-minute travel circle” within the GBA is like. 

Although the first trip was from the airport, the city government will develop Shekou port to support helicopter services. These will also be used for emergency medical services, tourism, and short-distance logistics. The government says it will build the necessary infrastructure and simplify regulations. The city is also working on a larger low-altitude aerial transport plan as part of its urban mobility masterplan within the city that includes unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), together with input from Airbus and a number of other companies invested in expanding the drone business. Air taxis are coming.

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