City to Pilot Tramcar System in Sungang-Qingshuihe Area
According to a drafted redevelopment plans, city officials in the Sungang-Qingshuihe area are planning to install the first city tramcar. Sungang-Qingshuihe was once the largest public warehousing area in Shenzhen.
Due to the low efficiency use of old factories, warehouses and a backward transportation system the area along with the profusion of low level industries the development in the area was strained. Once approved the tramcar will be using the abandoned rail lines in the area passing thru Bao’an North Road, Lirui Road and Liyuan Road. The tramcar will provide convenient transportation for passengers going shopping and doing other leisure activities. Introduction of the tramcar is part of the city’s intention to preserve historical and cultural sites around the area as part of the redevelopment.
The city’s urban planning, land and resources commission said that the tramcars will not be part of public transportation in the area which it will be turned into an international commercial center, an urban leisure area and a creative enterprise hub. Once done the redeveloped area will cover an area of 12 million square meters and will house 220,000 residents. Two Metro lines will be constructed to pass in the area and is expected to be operations by 2015.
Residents in the surrounding area will be able to reach the redeveloped are without driving since intercity railways that connects Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong will also be passing the area, residents can also use buses, tramcars and the Metro.