Almost 700 km of new metro and tram lines and extensions were opened in 15 Chinese cities during the closing weeks of 2020 as 29 separate projects came to fruition. Toma Bačić investigates.
CHINA: A 5·2 km extension of Shenyang tram Route 5 from Xuantujun Heritage Park to Lishizhai with four stops opened on February 3.
CHINA: The first of 43 nine-car EMUs being built for MTR Corp by Hyundai Rotem finally entered service on Hong Kong’s East Rail Line between Hung Hom, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau on February 6.
CHINA: An ‘intelligent digital-rail transport system’ has begun trial operations in the Lingang New Area of Shanghai.
CHINA: Shanghai’s position as operator the world’s largest metro network was confirmed on January 23, with the opening of the driverless north-south Line 15.
CHINA: CRRC Zhuzhou has delivered the first of 15 trams for the tramway which is under construction in the city of Wenshan in the southeast of Yunnan province.
CHINA: MTR Corp and electronic wallet company AlipayHK are to launch QR code payment on Hong Kong’s rail network on January 23.
CHINA: The simultaneous opening of two new lines in Zhengzhou at 11.18 on December 26 has lifted the capital of Henan province from 22nd to 12th in the country’s metro rankings, with five lines in operation totalling 206·3 route-km
CHINA: Taiyuan, the provincial capital of Shanxi with 4·3 million inhabitants, became the latest addition to the Chinese metro club when it opened its first line on December 26.
CHINA: Hong Kong’s government has authorised MTR Corp to go ahead with the procurement of detailed planning and design consultancy services for the Northern Link project.
CHINA: The northern section of Qingdao metro Line 1 and the first phase of Line 8 opened for revenue service on December 24, adding almost 70 km to the city’s expanding urban rail network.