Shenzhen to open 7 new Metro lines

Shenzhen is building out its Metro network at a rapid pace. By the end of next year, it will have added seven new lines, according to local media. Here they are.

Line 9 West Extension

This crucial westward extension of Line 9 goes deep into the key central areas of Nanshan – home to many of the city’s leading tech companies – and the Qianhai special economic zone. It starts from Qianwan station in the west (transfer with the south extension of Line 5) and reaches Hongshuwan south station in the east. With a total length of about 10.8 km, there are 10 stations, including 5 transfer stations.

It is expected to open by the end of this year. Trains are already being tested. 

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Line 6

This is an ambitious undertaking. Its total length is 49.4 km, with the first phase 37.6km. It starts from the hub of Shenzhen North (where the High-Speed Railway from Hong Kong comes in) and ends at Songgang , with 20 stations, 5 underground and 15 elevated.

Phase 2 is 11.8km, including 7 stations and 4 transfer stations. It will run from the reserved viaduct project of Shenzhen North, through Longhua, Futian, and Luohu districts, ending at the Science Museum.

The line is expected to open in the middle of next year.

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Line 10

Another ambitious project, Line 10 connects Futian Port, bordering Hong Kong in the south, and the Pinghu hub in Longgang, in the north. It is 29 km, which doesn’t sound like much, but it spans three key districts – Futian, Longhua and Longgang – with 24 stations.

It is expected to open the initial operation in the middle of next year.

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Line 3 South Extension

A short by important line, this one runs 1.5km from Yitian into the Futian free trade zone, which is being built in cooperation with Hong Kong. 

It is expected to open by the end of this month.

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Line 4 north extension

Otherwise known as the Longhua Line Phase 2, this starts from Qinghu and reaches Niuhu station in Guanlan. Covering a stretch of 10.770 km, it has 8 stations.

It is expected to open by the end of next year.

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Line 8, Phase 1

This is a crucial connection for the eastern side of the city around the Yantian Port. It runs from Liantang (Line 2) and ends at Yantian Road. All underground, its 12.38 km length covers 6 stations.

It is expected to open by the end of next year.

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Line 2 east extension

This extension is also crucial for development on the eastern side of the city, because it connects up to the new border crossing with Hong Kong at Liantang. It starts at Xinxiu and ends at Liantang. It is only 3.8 km, with 3 stations underground.

It is expected to open by the end of next year.

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