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Qingyuan to launch first maglev line – but at gentle speed

The province will get its first glimpse of magnetic-levitation railway lines in October next year, when a medium-speed line will open in Zhaoqing’s city center of Qingyuan.

Construction began on the line, which will run trains at 160km/h, in late 2017. Much faster lines using the maglev technology are being planned for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong route, as was reported last week. But they have not yet been tested. Moreover, the technology is apparently capable of running at close to the speed of sound, 1,000 km/h, but only in underground “tubes”.

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Guangzhou plans 600km/h trains

Guangzhou’s development plan until 2035, which was released on Friday and covered in our newsletter, is still being dissected for interesting tidbits. One that has come up is the capital city’s plans for hi-speed railways of the future. They include building a second line between the region’s three mega-cities, powered by maglev technology that would have trains running at 600km/h.

The new line is being planned and will open in 2030. It would allow passengers to travel between Shenzhen Baoan International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in only 20 minutes, and would run southward through Qianhai to Hong Kong’s East Lantau Development (assuming it is built by then).

The new high-speed railway will also connect key innovation clusters like the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City and Dongguan’s Songshan Lake, before passing through Guangzhou South, Guangzhou East, and Huangpu. It will extend northward as far as Yongzhou in Hunan province.

No mention was made of how or whether this line will extend out to the Hong Kong International Airport, supposedly the “dragon’s head” of the GBA’s aviation market.

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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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Foshan gets direct high-speed link to HK

On July 10, Foshan will begin running high-speed trains directly to Hong Kong. Similar to the announcement made yesterday about Zhaoqing, the Foshan service to Kowloon will be just one hour and 22 minutes. Second class fare is RMB225. Tickets will be available on trip.com (our recommendation).

It is not actually a new line. All that is happening is journeys previously requiring a change in Guangzhou South will now run direct, i.e., at certain times of day, trains will run all the way to and from Hong Kong.

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