CHINA: The length of the Qingdao metro network more than doubled at 18.00 on December 18 when the southern section of the city’s only line opened.

The 12·8 km extension of Line 3 runs from Shungshan to Qingdao railway station, serving 12 stations. The first phase opened almost exactly a year earlier, on December 17 2015, linking Shungshan with Qingdao North railway station on a 12 km alignment.

The end-to-end journey time on the underground Line 3 is now 47 min. Services are operated with a fleet of 24 six-car Type B trainsets supplied by CRRC Qingdao Sifang, with traction equipment and a train control monitoring system supplied by Alstom joint ventures.