Railway Station to Undergo Line Testing Before it Opens
Futian Railway Station is said to be the largest underground station in Asia and is scheduled to open before the year ends is running thirteen round trip trains going to Shenzhen North Railway Station from 10 am to 10 pm to test the transport link. The 8 kilometer train ride is free and is 11 minutes long. Located at the intersection of Yitian Road and Shennan Boulevard it will be the first under ground railway station in the central area of China. The station will serve trains found on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway once it’s completed.
Around 3.95 billion yuan was used to build the Futian station which consists of three subterranean levels that will provide train services to Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong it also be linked to Shenzhen Metro network including the future Line 11, Longgang and Shekou Line. The first level will consist of the transfer concourse that allows access to both the Metro rail services and high speed long distance trains. The second level is the station hall and waiting hall and the lowest level is where the high speed rails are located. The underground station will have a floor area of 147,000 square meters which is the size of 21 football fields, the waiting hall will be 46,000 square meters and consists of 1,200 chairs for passengers.
The three story station, is said to the second largest in the world after the Grand Central Terminal in New York, will be home to the fastest trains in the world. Passengers can get to the Civic Center Station in Shenzehn Metro Longhua Line from the eastern part of the transfer hall were they can also access the Shopping Park Station in the Luobao Line from the Southern section. The under ground station will be the last stop of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed rail line in the mainland before passing Hong Kong and end at West Kowloon Railway Station.
Once the Hong Kong station is finished and open to all trains, it will take nine hours to travel in a high speed train from Beijing to Hong Kong, thirty minutes from Guangzhou to Hong Kong and fifteen minutes from Futian CBD to West Kowloon. The lines will be the integration of the mainland high speed rail to Hong Kong and further promote personnel and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland.