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.
Dongguan will cooperate with the Hong Kong MTR Corporation to plan and construct the Binhaiwan Bay Station at the Shajiao Peninsula of the Binhaiwan Bay Area, integrating three types of rail transportation: high-speed railway, intercity railway and city metro.
The new station will be modeled after the West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong, allowing passengers to transfer seamlessly among the three rail transportation methods.
Three metro lines from three cities will stop by Binhaiwan Bay Station, including Line 2 of Dongguan Metro, Line 20 of Shenzhen Metro, and Line 22 of Guangzhou Metro. The metro network will connect Dongguan directly with the Shenzhen Airport New Town. The city centers of Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou will be only one-hour away from the Binhaiwan Bay Station in Dongguan, allowing passengers to travel to Shenzhen in 6 minutes, Guangzhou in 35 minutes, and Hong Kong in 40 minutes from the new station.
Binhaiwan Bay Station is also planning to connect with the Zhongshan-Nansha-Humen Intercity Railway and the Second Guangzhou-Shenzhen High-speed Railway.
The western side of the Greater Bay Area is heading for a major high-speed railway upgrade. We knew already that Guangzhou was planning a new line to Zhuhai, because the design was released in its 2035 development plan last week. But today we got news that not only one, but three new high-speed railways will cross the western cities of Foshan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhuhai in the coming decade.
Casino investors must not have received the news yet. As the map here shows, these railways will bring passengers from Guangzhou and Shenzhen at lightning speed to the border of Macau. How fast? Does 30-60 minutes sound good?
The first is the 210-kilometer Guangzhou-Jiangmen-Zhuhai-MacauHigh-speed Railway which will start at the Guangzhou Railway Station, right in the heart of the city’s CBD, and head towards Jiangmen. From there it will pivot southwards to the new hub being planned for Zhuhai’s Hezhou, which is where the city’s under-utilized international airport is currently located. It will then make the extra step to Hengqin, which will be herding gamblers into Macau from November this year.
The second is the 200-kilometer Guangzhou-Zhongshan-Zhuahi-MacauHigh-speed Railway, which will begin at Guangzhou North, near the city’s airport, pass through Guangzhou East’s Yuzhu Station (also in the heart of the city), and then head down to Nansha before turning toward Zhongshan. It will then pass through Zhongshan’s Sanxiang and Tanzhou towns, and on to the Zhuhai hub in Hezhou.
The third is the Shenzhen-ZhuhaiHigh-speed Railway, which was previously planned as an Intercity Railway (slower) between the two cities. The line will be only 80 km long because it will go under and across the Bay. From Shenzhen’s Xili station, it shoots across a bridge-tunnel combination to land in Zhuhai North within 30 minutes. From there it will run out to Zhuhai’s Hezhou hub.
Guangzhou’s multi-functional electronic pass for public transport services will spread to other cities in the Greater Bay Area, including Hong Kong and Macau, over the next three years.
A Guangzhou Public Transport spokesperson told local media that with the development of the Greater Bay Area, the “Yang Cheng Tong” system will be upgraded with cutting-edge technology to better serve its 89 million users. It is already used in 21 cities across Guangdong.