City Working on Dismantling Decommissioned Border Facility
To help lighten the traffic in the Futian District area, the city is working alongside State authorities in dismantling the decommission border facility at Meilin Checkpoint. In a letter addressed to the deputies of the Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress, the city transport commission said it has already completed their plan to improve traffic conditions at Meilin Checkpoint and will implement it at once agreement is reached.
A terminal will be established at the checkpoint that will allow driving commuters to transfer to public transportation or taxis. Meilin Checkpoint is one of the most high traffic checkpoints especially during rush hours. Considering there are 18 roads that are linked to checkpoints and more than a million vehicles and around 5 million people crosses these checkpoints every day.
To further divert passengers and relieve traffic at Meilin, the city will expand the length of trains on the Metro’s Longhua Line from the current four carriages to six which will be placed into operation in 2014. Furthermore the future Metro Line 6 that is still being planned will be providing services from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Songgang in Bao’an District that will be extended southward to Futian.
The city applied to the National Development and Reform Commission for the third phase of planning and construction of the Metro line 16 that is planned for 2011-2016. The Metro LINe 16 connects Longgang and Futian which will pass through Meilin Checkpoint and is said to paly a major role in relieving traffic in the area.