Residents to Have More Access to High Speed Rail Once Transportation Hub Opens
Shenzhen residents will now be able to access the high speed trains going to Guangzhou in downtown Futian by the end of 2014 once the city opens their massive underground station that serves the five Metro lines along with the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong speed railway. The construction of the 37 kilometers of the 48 kilometer railway section of Shenzhen is already completed and the construction of the section from Shenzhen to west Kowloon in Hong Kong is underway and expected to be completed by 2015.
The planned transportation hub will be located under the Yitian Road in Futian CBD and has a total construction area equivalent to 192 soccer fields and is said to be the biggest of all transportation hub in Asia once it’s completed. The hub will have three underground stories with the first story as a transfer hall, the second story for Metro operation and the third for the rail lines.
The rail transportation network saw an increase in the number of passengers each year and a daily average of around 2.5 million passengers passing through or a boost of 17 percent compared to 2012, where the average Metro users accounted for a bigger portion of the total public transportation passengers which rose to 13 percent in 2012 and 25 percent in 2013.
This is the third phase of the Metro development plan which includes six lines, with Lines 7, 9 and 11 expected to open in 2016. While the remaining three lines 6, 8 and 18 are still under construction and delayed due to land acquisition problems.