Pearl River Delta regional transport to be optimized
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Guangzhou will optimize regional transport and logistical resources including airports, sea ports, railways and expressways in an effort to coordinate regional economic development and an integrated transport system in the Pearl River Delta. The project is designed to make Guangzhou a transport hub, said Xian Weixiong, Director of Communications Commission of Guangzhou Municipality while being interviewed at a press conference on the morning of February 14th after the promulgation of Planning for Development in the Pearl River Delta.

In terms of the planning by the Department of Communications of Guangdong Province, to achieve an integrated transport system in the Pearl River Delta, Yangchengtong cards, formerly only available in Guangzhou, will be introduced to intercity light rails which are to be built in the Pearl River Delta. This announcement was made by officials of the Communications Commission of Guangzhou Municipality on February 14th.

Xian said that expressways are being built to improve communications between Guangzhou and surrounding cities. In addition, Guangzhou is promoting airport-related economic development focusing on the FedEx Asia-Pacific Hub, a comprehensive bonded area and the industrial park. Moreover, ten expressways leading to the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport will be built, including Phase II of the north 3rd ring, the western section of the expressway surrounding the Pearl River Delta (the West 3rd ring), the expressway between the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Qingyuan City, the East ring of the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Xiandai Avenue in Guangzhou and both FedEx Avenue and Logistics Avenue. As a result, passengers or cargo can be transported from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to a larger area outside the Pearl River Delta within one or two hours.

According to Xian, the electronic checkpoint for customs clearance in Guangzhou will be promoted in Foshan for inter-regional logistics. It is expected to promote customs clearance between Guangdong and Hong Kong as a result of cooperation with Tradelink Electronic Commerce Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company providing services related to customs clearance designated by HKSAR government.

Editor: Yan
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