Integrated rail network mooted for Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei

Updated: 12 Jun 2014
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Anting in Shanghai was connected with Kunshan in neighboring Jiangsu province in October last year, the first urban transport network in the country to cros a provincial border.


With the proposal and gradual execution of the concept of integrating Beijing with the neighboring Tianjin municipality and Hebei province, it is very possible that Beijing's ever-expanding subway network will be linked with Hebei's railway system, reports Shanghai's China Business News.

A promotional video released on May 14 at a meeting of the Standing Committee ofthe Beijing Municipal People's Congress also introduced the possibility of a regional transport network.

Dongxiaoying Station on Line 6 of the Beijing subway has already started expanding eastward. The station is a few kilometers away from Yanjiao in Hebei, from where many people commute to Beijing for work. Langfang, located in Hebei between Beijing and Tianjin, once proposed to extend the Beijing Daxing Line to Gu'an county, and the Yizhuang Line to Langfang city.

The Hebei government has announced plans for four intercity lines to create a commuter hub to get people into Beijing in half an hour. These four lines are Tongzhou district-Yanjiao, Daxing district-Gu'an, Yizhuang (Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area)-Langfang, and Fangshan district-Zhuozhou.

The first cross-province subway in China was launched from Anting in Shanghai municipality to Kunshan in neighboring Jiangsu province in October last year as a northern expansion of Line 11 of the Shanghai Metro. There are future plans to connect Line 11 with Suzhou's Railway S1 to eventually integrate Suzhou, Kunshan and Shanghai, three major cities in the Yangtze River Delta, under a single transport network.



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