A new railway transportation hub is planned to be built in Xili, Nanshan District, to serve the future Coastal Passenger Special Line and the Shenzhen-Maoming High-speed Railway.
The plan has been approved by the city government, the city’s urban planning, land and resources commission said in a letter, responding to suggestions by lawmakers recently.
The commission started planning the layout of national railways in Shenzhen last year. In the plan, the city put forward a rail network with north-south lines including Beijing-Guangzhou-Shenzhen Passenger Special Line, Ganzhou-Shenzhen Special Passenger Line, Beijing-Kowloon High-speed Railway and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen inter-city rail, as well as three east-west lines, including the Xiamen-Shenzhen railway, the Shenzhen-Maoming railway and Coastal Passenger Special Line.
“Shenzhen will add Jichangdong Station and Xili Station to the existing railway network to make sure the balance in east, central and west areas,” the commission said.
The city’s railway network will have four major stations including Shenzhen North Railway Station, Shenzhen Railway Station, Jichangdong Station and Pingshan Station. It will be supported by four auxiliary stations including Futian Station, Xili Station, Shenzhen East Railway Station and Pinghu Station.
“As an economic center, Shenzhen needs a railway transportation hub in its western area,” Li Jichao and 34 other lawmakers said in a joint proposal at the city legislature’s annual session earlier this year.
The lawmakers suggested turning the present Xili Station into a railway transportation hub.
Coastal Passenger Special Line was put forward by related Central Government agencies when planning China’s railway network in 2008. The line basically runs parallel to the Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail line, linking the Yangtze River Delta region with the Pearl River Delta region via Shanghai, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Xiamen and Guangdong’s coastal cities.
During the annual session of the National People’s Congress earlier this year, lawmakers from Shenzhen suggested bringing the railway to Shenzhen and starting construction as early as possible.
Trains on the rail will run at 350 kilometers per hour and it will take about two hours to go from Shenzhen to Xiamen and six hours to Shanghai. It now takes about 3.5 hours to travel between Shenzhen and Xiamen for trains to run on the Xiamen-Shenzhen railway.
Xili Station will be a transportation hub integrating the national railway, inter-city railway, as well as Metro and bus services.
The plan needs approvals and support from the Guangdong Provincial Government and China Railway Corp. The city government coordinated the plan with upper-level authorities, the commission said.