Latest news of Guangzhou metro construction

BY :Annie Lee SilkRoadPost

UPDATED :November 7, 2018


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Officials of Guangzhou metro recently released progress reports on the massive construction that is taking place for new and expanded metro lines, as the city continues to enhance its extensive transportation system. Included is the welcome news that new toilets will be added to stations along old lines that have lacked such facilities.

Metro line 11

Guangzhou metro line 11 will travel in a circle around the city through Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Pazhou, and Fangcun. Because of construction on line 11, buses at the square of the Guangzhou Railway Station will be moved to the nearby Caonuan Park for five years, from this month until November of 2023. The affected bus routes are as follows.

Line 8 North Extension

The recently completed Julong station (聚龙站) is the 11th of the 13 new metro stations that are being built on the north extension of line 8.

Metro line 8 is a north-west L-shaped line that runs from Fenghuang Xincun station to Wanshengwei station. The north extension of line 8 that runs from Cultural Park to Baiyun Lake is currently under construction, with opening scheduled in 2019.

A total of four interchange stations will be built on the line 8 north extension: Julong station, with interchange to line 12; Xicun station to line 5; Caihongqiao to line 11 and line 13; and Chen Clan Academy to line 1.

Metro line 21

Trial runs from Zengcheng Square station (增城广场站) to Kengbei (坑贝站) station of metro line 21 have been conducted successfully, with five metro trains involved. Line 21 is a rapid transit rail line allowing passengers to travel from outer Guangzhou (Zengcheng district) to Tianhe district in one hour.

Toilets will be available at all interchange stations

For stations serving metro lines 1, 2 and 3 — all of which opened many years ago — toilet facilities are not available. Soon that will change. Toilets will be installed in the interchange stations of the three old lines that connect to the new ones. At present, there are 94 toilets in the metro system. By 2023, the total length of all metro lines in Guangzhou will reach 800 kilometers, with toilets available at interchange stations on all lines.