China’s Greater Bay Area Speeds up the “One-hour Traffic Circle”

Date: January 30, 2019     Source:

New projects and reports have been released to public by Shenzhen and Dongguan authorities, which indicates new tendency for traffic circle in the China’s Greater Bay Area.

Shenzhen City

The study of the Shenzhen-Zhuhai cross-river channel will be completed this year.

The Shenzhen transportation conference for 2019 was held on the morning of January 29. It is reported that this year will focus on the construction of the China’s Greater Bay Area transportation hub. Local government will continue to expand international routes, and strive to newly open more than five cities for international charter flight lines. Authority will also coordinate with the construction of the airport satellite hall and the airport three-runways. Planning of Shenzhen the Second Airport will be moved ahead.

Plans-making on Shenzhen as the China’s Greater Bay Area transportation hub

In 2019, Shenzhen government will work out comprehensive transportation implementation plans for the construction of the China’s Greater Bay Area with the goal of functioning as an international integrated transportation hub in that area. Platform of action to build the city as vanguard in the transportation industry will be released to the public.

According to report, researches will be carried out regarding cross-Pearl River channel system in 2019. Authority will complete such fundamental studies as the Shenzhen-Zhuhai cross-river channel, Bao’an-Pingshan channel and the outer expressway. There will be higher standards for the comprehensive transportation planning in Shenzhen-Shantou special cooperative zone. More forward-looking of the port, aviation, rail and road network layout. It is of great importance to propel the integration of Shenzhen-Dongguan-Huizhou transportation and complete the plan of connections between Shenzhen -Dongguan -Huizhou. The connection between Shenzhen and Hong Kong cross-border traffic facilities needs to improve by strengthening Shenzhen-Hong Kong cooperation and formulating the traffic organization plan for cross-border freight transportation.

Jointly build a super port group by Shenzhen and Hong Kong

It will accelerate the integration of Shenzhen port’s resources and strengthen the cooperation and interaction with the ports of the Pearl River Delta that in turn will promote mutual recognition and information exchange between Shenzhen and Hong Kong pilots. In this way, there will be deeper cooperation between Shenzhen and Hong Kong shipping services and more unified development of Shenzhen and Hong Kong to build super port group.

The report mentioned accelerating the construction of port and shipping infrastructure was as important as promoting the construction of sections in east Yantian Port, Mawan Nanshan Port and the second phase of Tonggu Channel. The construction of a low-carbon collection and distribution system for the separation of the port and city will strengthen the planning and construction of the Shenzhen Container Inland Port System.

Exploration on the maritime tourism routes for Shenzhen-Huizhou-Shantou will improve the waterway transportation network as well as the economic development of cruise ships and yachts.

Five new international cities plan to open to aviation

Coordinate the development of world-class airport groups in the China’s Greater Bay Area, striving for more resources for freedoms of the air and continuing to vigorously expand international airlines. More than five cities are planned to open to international aviation, focusing on direct flights to major international aviation hubs such as San Francisco and Vancouver.

Coordinate and construct the airport satellite hall and airport three-runways, and the Shenzhen Second Airport shall be took into consideration. Accelerate the relocation of Guanlan navigation station together with that of Nantou Heliport to effectively release urban development space.

Improve the international transit process services, striving for 144-hour transit visa-free and 24-hour transit exemption policy.

Researches and studies on the second Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed railway

Coordinate and stabilize the plan for the intercity railway construction of the China’s Greater Bay Area by deepening the construction of the high-speed railway for Shenshen-Shantou, Shenzhen-Yongzhou, Shenshen-Zhaoqing and Shenzhen-Nanning. There will be studies on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen the second super-high-speed railway project, aiming at launching the construction of Shenzhen-Jiangmen section for Shenzhen-Maoming Railway Shenzhen, and Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen inter-city airport to the Shenzhen Qianhai section. It will pay more attention to improve the Ganzhou-Shenzhen customer service and construct the northern section of the Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen intercity airport area. It is also important to accelerate the reconstruction and expansion of Jihe Expressway and Shenzhen-Shantou expressway. More full preparation on the preliminary work of the Shenzhen second high-speed railway project. Moreover, construction of the Shenzhen-Zhongshan expressway, outer expressway, phase II of Yanjiang expressway, and the eastern transit expressway will be on the agenda.

There are two measures in terms of constructing transportation facilities. On one hand, it shall focus on railway construction. The third and fourth phase of railway transport projects will move on this year with investment of RMB 30 billion. The extension metro line of Line 5 and Line 9 will open by the end of this year, and thus the total mileage of the subway under operation will reach 304 km. On the other hand, it shall impose more on city roads construction. There are about seven road construction programs, such as Yinban channel, Shenhua expressway, and extension section of West Shajiang Road. Four projects are planned to launch this year, including the connection program between Qianhai section of Yanjiang high-speed expressway and Nanping expressway, and program of rapid reconstruction of Huanggang Road. Thirty seven programs will count more this year, such as the program of comprehensive reconstruction of Binhai Avenue (head office section), Pingshan-Yantian channel and Meiguan expressway municipalization.

Dongguan City

Seventeen track lines proposed to construction

One of the reporters from Jinyang Newspaper, Qin Xiaohui, reported that he learned from Dongguan Municipal Urban and Rural Planning Bureau on January 29 that Dongguan Rail Transit Network Planning (2035) (hereinafter referred to as Planning) would be pre-released and welcome public comments and advise. Based on the Planning, there will be 17 track lines in Dongguan by 2050, including around 8 lines connected with Shenzhen City. There are 4 new commuter lines in the downtown, which are Line 6, Line 7, Line 8 and Line 12.

A total of 17 lines are scheduled for the express and general transport

According to the Planning, it aims at establishing a multi-level and sustainable rail transit network in which the city development strategy, tendency of the metropolitan area and public transportation are consistent with that in the China’s Greater Bay Area. It is also compatible with the new urban spatial structure in Dongguan City, in turn supporting urban economy, industries, people’s livelihood and environmental development. In these ways, regional status and development level can be improved as well as lead to the city’s sustainable development. The Planning takes the “outreach connection, harmony cohesion, and high-quality service” as strategy basis, consist of 17 track lines covering municipal express lines and general orbital lines.

By 2035, those traffic lines are about to put into construction containing 4 urban rail express lines (224 km) are, 8 urban rail commuter general lines (242 km) and 1 section of the Shenzhen extension line in Dongguan City (7 km). The total mileage will be 473 km. By 2050, there will be totally 668 km mileage to be operated, including 4 urban rail express lines (263 km), 13 urban commuter general lines (386 km) and 2 sections of the Shenzhen extension line in Dongguan City (19 km).

Additional four new lines for the city center planning

The reporter found that the previous version of the Planning has a total of four urban express lines (from Line 1 to Line 4), with a total mileage of about 218 km. Howerver, the new Planning has been readjusted on that basis.

Based on the maintain of Lines 1, Line 2 and Line 3 (Binhai Bay - Dongguan East), the original Line 4 will be transferred from the express line to the general line, and the northern part of Dongguan East Station of Line 3 will be partially readjusted to perspective year line. Meanwhile, new express Line 1 (Huangjiang-Tangxia section) and Line 4 (Shilong-Huangjiang section) will be added. Extra urban orbital traffic will be Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Branch Line 7 Line 8, Line 9, Line 10, Line 12 and Line 16.

Furthermore, of the 8 new commute lines, there are 4 lines in the downtown area, with a total mileage of 112 km, which are Line 6, Line 7, Line 8 and Line 12. These four lines will connect the old urban areas with the new development zones to form a route network that extends in all directions so as to greatly meet the public’s travel demand. Line 6 will undertake the north-south bus backbone, formulating a connection between administration and commercial center of Nancheng and Guancheng, Gaochun, Headquarters Base, Shudi and Shuilianshan area. Line 7 will undertake the east-west bus backbone for connection between Expo business circle, ddministrative center, Guantai Road business circle, Liaobu center and Songshan Lake. Branch Line 7 will connect the areas of Wanjiang New Town, Wanjiang Old Town and Guancheng central area. Line 8 will be contributed to connect Wanjiang New Town, South China Mall, Longwan, Nancheng commercial center, South Qifeng, basketball hall and Liaobu High-speed Railway Station. Line 12 will be beneficial for connecting Shijie New Town, Xiaqiao, Dongcheng communities, Xiping communities, Headquarters Base and Tian’an Digital Center. Two new commuter lines and one line are respectively planned for the Songshan Lake area and the Binhai Bay area.

Achievements and expectations of the China’s Greater Bay Area

Harvest of Shenzhen transpiration in 2018

The overall planning of Shenzhen Port was approved by the PRC government. The general revision planning of the airport was basically completed. The Shenzhen metro map planning was submitted, and a second program for urban rail construction was initiated. Ten major plans were approved by the municipal government. Shenzhen has gradually formed an overall framework for an international integrated transportation hub.

The pace of construction of transportation infrastructure has been accelerated. The railway construction progresses steadily. The construction of North Shenzhen Station for Ganzhou-Shenzhen railway has been launched. Besides, the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Line was opened and the West Kowloon Port was implemented. The track lines were under construction with 89% of the main projects of the third phase, and the number of caps in the station exceeded 70%. The track construction of the fourth phase started, covering total mileage of 275 km.

Taxi services will continue to be optimized. Local government is about to promote 21,689 blade electric vehicles and try to make the city’s parade vehicles to be purely electrified to the large extent. This will do help to make the city to be that of the largest and most widely used of blade electric vehicles in the world.

Dongguan rail traffic plans

By 2035, a total mileage of 473 km rail traffic network will be on the agenda, consist of 4 urban express lines (224 km), 8 urban commuter general lines (242 km) and one section of the Shenzhen extension line in Dongguan City (7 km).

By 2050, those traffic lines are about to put into operation such as 4 urban express lines (263 km), 13 urban commuter lines (386 km) and two sections of the Shenzhen extension line in Dongguan City (12), covering totally 668 km of the mileage.

(Editor: Liu Zeqi)

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