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.
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