Rail Transport Network to cover all towns and cities in PRD
2009-August-20 Source: gz.gov.cn english website
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The latest revised Plan for the Inter-city Rail Transport Network in the Pearl River Delta has been endorsed in principle by the Guangdong Provincial Government and submitted to the National Development and Reform Commission for review and approval. According to the plan, by 2030 all the towns and cities in the Pearl River Delta are to be covered in a rail transport system with a network density of 4.8 kilometres of rails per 100 square kilometres.

Compared with the previous plan approved by the State Council in 2005, the latest version features 18 additional lines (on top of the existing five lines) with the length of rails to be increased from 600 km to 1,890 km.

Over RMB 370 billion will be invested in the entire project. Meanwhile, junctions will be reserved for rail connection with West, East and Northeast Guangdong. With the Pearl River Delta Light Rail Network completed, Guangzhou will serve as the hub for inter-city transport, with trains running in each direction. Passengers in Guangzhou can get to any major city in the area by rail within one hour. Cities and towns in the inner circle can be reached within one hour and one- hour access can be also achieved between Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhuhai.

(Translated by Guangzhou Association of Foreign Affairs Translators)

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