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Nansha Port Railway to open next year

The Nansha Port Railway Project, linking Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Foshan and Guangzhou, is set to open to traffic by the end of 2020, according to local media.  

The Nansha Port Railway, which will be predominantly used for cargo and is a key project within the Belt and Road Initiative, leads from the Heshan South Station of the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway and goes southeast through Jiangmen, Foshan, Zhongshan, and Guangzhou to Nansha Port. The length of the new line is 88.8 kilometers with a total investment of 15.2 billion yuan. It has a design speed of 120 km/h. 

Construction of the line began in 2016, and it is planned to be opened to traffic by the end of 2020. It involves one major engineering challenge, which is the main bridge across the Xijiang River, the largest spanned cable-stayed bridge in the world. 

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Dongguan to add railway hub

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. 

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Shenzhen metro to go driverless

Shenzhen is going auto. In the next phase of its subway construction, trains will be run on a combination of 5G and AI, enabling autonomous driving. Linked by “smart stations” the entire subway network will be run by algorithms.

The system is being developed by CASCO, a company founded by China Railway Signal and Communication Corporation, headquartered in Shanghai, where it has already been adopted. It is apparently fully comprehensive, covering scheduling anf movement of the trains, cleaning and maintenance, door operations, air conditioning, lighting, and, the all-important one, “malfunction prevention and solutions”. Passenger flows will, of course, be monitored constantly and catered to.

Shenzhen’s subway is in its third phase of construction, which will be completed by next year, with 12 lines in total. The unmanned control system will be adopted in the fourth phase, with the addition of four lines.

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Hengqin Railway Station on track for December

The Hengqin Railway Station has passed a significant milestone recently with the enclosure of the Macau side of its immigration and customs building. This happened on April 30, and the Zhuhai side of the building is expected to be completed by the end of this month, i.e. in two weeks’ time.

According to local media in Zhuhai, the station is on schedule to open on December 20, the same day as celebrations for Macau’s 20th anniversary as an SAR.

The five-story building housing the joint checkpoints for Macau and Zhuhai is the key component of the station. Like Hong Kong’s West Kowloon station, it will have immigration and customs facilities for both jurisdictions housed right next to each other. Unlike West Kowloon, the Macau facilities will be hosted on mainland soil. Moreover, the Macau facilities will include an area for processing cargo.

It would seem that Macau’s Lotus Bridge checkpoint will be dismantled when the Hengqin Station opens, but it has not yet been made clear how transport arrangements will work once this happens. Currently, transit shuttles take passengers across the Lotus Bridge, where they switch to local transport on the Macau side once they have passed through immigration checks. The new station will need to have bussing alternatives available to handle the expected increase in flow of visitors passing through once it opens, as Macau’s Light Railway Transit has not yet been extended across to Hengqin.

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Huizhou boosted by Shenzhen’s railway plans

Yesterday we reported that China Railway Corp and the provincial government had approved a master plan for the Shenzhen railway network that will run until 2030. 

While those in Zhuhai have been clinking baijiu glasses at the part of the plan showing how the Shenzhen-Zhuhai Intercity Railway will cut travel time down to an hour, it has also offered a glimpse into the potential route of the future Shenzhen-Huizhou Intercity Rail, set to start construction by 2022. 

According to the masterplan, the intercity rail will begin from Shenzhen’s Xili Station in Nanshan District, a major hub station, and travel north east to end at the Huizhou Station. 

The Shenzhen-Zhuhai Intercity Rail also starts from Xili Station and goes westbound to Zhuhai. So people in Zhuhai and Huizhou will likely be seeing more of each other in the not-too-distant future.

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Dongguan to link with Shenzhen

Work on Phase 3 of Dongguan’s Metro Line 2 is under way. It will run from the Humen Railway Station and end at the Jiaoyi Wan Station (交椅湾站) in the Binghai Wan New District (滨海湾新区). That is where it will connect up with Shenzhen’s Metro line 20, which is currently being built northward from the Baoan International Airport in Fuyong.

The new phase is about 17 km long, with eight stations planned. It is a continuation of the existing Line 2 which begins at the Dongguan Train Station in the north. The Binghai Wan Station, situated at the border between Dongguan and Shenzhen, will be a hub linking up with the High-speed Railway and Intercity Railway Lines. 

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Shenzhen to build two more big stations

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.

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Hi-speed railway ticketing issues to be addressed

Passengers taking the high-speed railway between Hong Kong and the mainland may soon be able to enjoy easier ticketing procedures, with rail operators on both sides of the border in talks, reports the SCMP.

Michael Tien Puk-sun, a lawmaker and former railway boss, said the MTR Corporation and the China Railway Corporation were considering a proposal to allow passengers to buy tickets on arrival and board any train right away.

The new plan would erase the need to purchase tickets in advance – but it comes with a risk: passengers would not be guaranteed a seat.

The shortest travel time from West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen is only 14 minutes. For Guangzhou South, it is 47 minutes. Read more.

Guangzhou Metro: one ticket for Intercity Trains

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Guangzhou Metro says passengers will soon be able to use one ticket to travel within its network of four Intercity Railway lines. These include two lines running into Guangzhou North, from Qingyuan and Xintang; and two running into Guangzhou South, from Zhuhai’s Gongbei (and later this year Hengqin), and from Foshan West. The trains travel at speeds of between 160-200 kph.

The network is still being built out and expanded, and Guangzhou Metro says on its Wechat account that it is currently recruiting drivers. “In the near future, the public will be able to take trains among the cities as easily as if they take buses,” said chairman of Guangzhou Metro, Ding Jianlong. He pledged to speed up the construction of the network.

 

Qianhai reveals idea for extension of rail link with HK

Shenzhen’s Qianhai Authority has set the cat among the pigeons by revealing a proposal for an extension of the cross-border high-speed railway line that would connect to Hong Kong’s proposed East Lantau Plan, also known as the Lantau Tomorrow Vision. According to a report over the weekend in the South China Morning Post, alleged plans for the rail line’s future development have been on display on the ground floor of an official exhibition center for the pilot development zone.

In the map, the local section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link that opened in the West Kowloon terminus last year would branch out to the East Lantau metropolis, run through the New Territories and cross the border to Qianhai, joining the national network. Of course, no date has been given for any of this. Hong Kong has not even announced whether the Lantau reclamation project will go ahead yet.

Witman Hung Wai-man, principal liaison officer for Hong Kong at the Qianhai Authority, said the preliminary idea for the rail extension was raised late last year, and the Qianhai Authority would further explore the concept before presenting it to the Shenzhen municipal government and Hong Kong authorities. But that couldn’t stop reporters from calling up Michael Wong, Secretary for Development for the HKSAR, who said he knew nothing about the plan. “I only learned about it when it was revealed in the news on Friday,” Wong said.

It was a reaction that predictably brought a surge of criticism from the usual corners about Hong Kong’s autonomy being eroded.
Read more about the plan here and about Wong’s reaction here.