Construction of metro network between cities of Pearl River Delta to begin

26 June 2007

Beijing, China, 26 June – the Chinese province of Guangdong, bordering Macau, will Thursday begin to build a surface metro line to link the province’s largest cities and those of the Pearl River Delta, the official Chinese press reported Monday.

The first phase of the line in the southern province, will be 32.1 kilometers long and will link the capital, Guangzhou, to Foshan, in the western part of Guangdong, according to official Chinese news agency New China.

When the surface metro goes into operation, New China said, the route between the two cities will take 40 minutes, as compared with an hour and a half at the moment.

The aim of the surface metro network, which is expected to go into operation in 2012, is to stimulate growth in the Pearl River Delta region, a part of Guangdong province that produces 20 percent of China’s gross domestic product (GDP) and which is the origin of most of the country’s exports.

The authorities plan to spend 14.7 billion yuan on the metro network, which will have 21 stations and a direct link to four lines on the Guangzhou city metro.

The project includes a link of seven inter-urban lines with an overall length of 588 kilometers, linking the cities of Zhuhai, which is adjacent to Macau, Guangzhou, Dongguan (50 kilometers from Guangzhou), Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, Zhaoqing and Foshan, in the center of Guangdong province. (macauhub)