June 15, 2017

Shijiazhuang opens first metro line

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SHIJIAZHUANG, a city of more than 10 million people and the capital of China’s Hebei province, opened its first metro line on June 14 with the start of trial passenger operation on the Yuan 17.3bn ($US 2.6bn) first phase of Line 1.

The 23.9km line links Xiwang in the west with Nancun in the east and serves 20 stations.

Services are operated by a fleet of 140m-long six-car type A metro trains supplied by CRRC Tangshan, each accommodating up to 1860 passengers (at 5 p/m2). The line is equipped with 1.5kV dc overhead electrification.

The 19.5km north-south Line 3, which will interchange with Line 1 at Zhongshan Square, is due to open later this year, while the second 12.6km phase of Line 1 will open by the end of 2019. The 16.2km first phase of Line 3 will be completed in 2020.

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