Shenzhen has big plans as a railway hub for the region, according to a new masterplan released this week. In addition to its own extensive metro network, the city will build two new high-speed railway stations.
Under a masterplan that will run until 2030, which was recently approved by China Railway Corp. and the provincial government, the two new stations, Xili Station and Shenzhen Airport Station, will bring the total number of the major railway stations in the city to seven.
Xili Station in Nanshan District will mainly serve as a key node on the future Coastal Passenger Special Line, as well as the existing High-Speed Railway lines running between Shenzhen and Maoming (in the far west of Guangdong) and Ganzhou (in Jiangxi province, to the north). Some trains on the Shenzhen-Huizhou and Shenzhen-Zhuhai Intercity Railway Lines (under construction) will also make stops at the station.
The Coastal Passenger Special Line will run along the country’s eastern coast linking the Greater Bay Area with the Yangtze River Delta around Shanghai and Hangzhou. Upon completion It will take about two hours from Shenzhen to Xiamen (currently it takes about 3.5 hours) and six hours to Shanghai (currently eight).
According to the plan, the city will have three main “hub stations”: Shenzhen North Railway Station, Xili Station and Shenzhen Station (Luohu). Four others will serve as “auxiliary stations”: Shenzhen East Station, Futian Station, Shenzhen Airport Station and Pingshan Station.
Read more (in Chinese).