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ShenZhong Link sees over 125,000 vehicles in 24 hours

The highly anticipated Shenzhen-Zhongshan Link (ShenZhong Link) began its trial operation at 3:00 p.m. on June 30.

As of 3:00 p.m. on July 1, the Guangdong Provincial Transportation Group recorded a total of 125,000 vehicles passing through both sides of the Link within the first 24 hours.

(Photo: Nanfang Daily)

During the peak hours on the first day, traffic flow reached 8,000 vehicles per hour at its highest point around 5:00 p.m., totaling 64,000 vehicles by midnight on June 30 and 80,000 vehicles by 8:00 a.m. on July 1.

The first day saw enthusiastic participation from residents of nearby cities, which resulted in substantial bidirectional traffic flows. At times, there were moderate slowdowns along the entire route, though no major traffic accidents were reported.

By 1:30 a.m. on July 1, the traffic peak began to subside, yet as of 5:30 p.m. the same day, traffic remained relatively high across the Link. The Guangdong Provincial Transportation Group expects that as drivers become more accustomed to the Link, traffic levels will gradually normalize.

Besides high traffic volumes, temporary slowdowns during the first day were also attributed to some drivers and passengers failing to comply with traffic rules, ignoring broadcast advisories, and engaging in unsafe behaviors such as stopping for sightseeing or filming videos.

To address these concerns, the Guangdong Provincial Transportation Group reminds us that the entire 24-kilometer ShenZhong Link is a highway with no emergency lanes within the underwater tunnel section. It is prohibited to stop, exit vehicles for photography, or occupy emergency lanes unless under emergency circumstances. 

Furthermore, the Link implements lane-specific speed limits: the two left lanes are designated for small vehicles with a speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour, while the two right lanes are open to all vehicle types with a speed limit of 90 kilometers per hour. Drivers are urged to adhere strictly to these speed limits to ensure safe and efficient passage through the Link.

Author | Hannah

Editor | Nan, Will, James

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