Futian railway station

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Futian
福田
China Railway High-speed
Futian Railway Station.jpg
Location Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
China
Operated by China Railway Corporation
Line(s) Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Connections Futian Station (Shenzhen Metro) Shenzhen Metro
History
Opened 30 December 2015
Futian Railway Station
Platform Layout Diagram

Guangzhou South Railway Station North

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7
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8

West Kowloon Terminus South

Futian Railway Station (Chinese: 福田站) is a station on the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the last station on mainland China for high speed trains from Guangzhou, with plans to connect it to Hong Kong. Futian is the southern district of Shenzhen, containing the central business district for the city. It is the largest underground station in Asia, and second largest underground rail station in the world, exceeded in size only by New York's Grand Central Terminal. In addition to serving high speed intercity trains, the station connects with Shenzhen Metro trains as well. The station opened for train service on 30 December 2015.

Platforms 7 and 8
Exit 12A

The first level underground is a concourse for reaching both the metro trains and the high speed intercity trains. Passenger lounges and customs and immigration facilities are located here. The second underground level serves Shenzhen Metro trains. At the third underground level are the platforms for high speed intercity trains arriving from Guangzhou and cities farther along the line.

Station size and locations served[edit]

Futian Station is located between Fuzhong 3 Road and Shen Nan Rd, in Futian District, Shenzhen in Guangdong Province of the People's Republic of China. It is the largest underground railway station in Asia, and the largest high-speed railway station to be built completely underground worldwide.[1][2] The only underground railway station larger than Futian Station is Grand Central Terminal in New York City.[3] The station covers 147,000 square meters.[3]

Futian Station offers intercity connections on the high speed train lines to Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Beijing. This station serves as the terminus of many high-speed intercity services from across Mainland China. It is also a station for the Shenzhen Metro, serving the Futian District.

Planned connection to Hong Kong[edit]

Through high-speed trains will continue to Hong Kong, with a high-speed commuter service linking the Futian Central Business District with Kowloon, with completion of the last phase of construction expected in the third quarter of 2018.[3] Costs have risen from first estimates for the last segment of the line, rising 19% from 2014 to the end of 2015 and 31% over the original 2010 estimate, and there is yet debate about the presence of Chinese customs officials within the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.[3]

Cross-border service to Hong Kong is expected to reduce travel time to only 15 minutes, quicker than the 45-minute journey via the Hong Kong MTR.[4] High-speed rail services by 'G' numbered Intercity trains will travel to Beijing and Xi'an in a time of about 9 hours from Hong Kong.

Intercity service and travel time[edit]

The station started operation on 30 December 2015.[5][6] Its completion reduces the travel time by railway between central Shenzhen and Guangzhou to about 50 minutes.[1]

Structure[edit]

As Asia's largest underground railway station, it is 1023m long and 78.86m wide, constructed by open-cut method to a depth of 32m. It consists of three subterranean levels. The first level underground is a transfer concourse allowing for access to both the Metro services and high-speed long-distance trains. Business and VIP lounges are available, plus customs and immigration facilities for cross border services to Hong Kong.

The second level underground contains Futian Station on the Shenzhen Metro, which allows for access to Line 2, Line 3, and Line 11.

The lowest level is where the high-speed train platforms are located. Cross-Border Shuttle services to Hong Kong's West Kowloon Station will separated from long-distance services to such destinations as Beijing and Shanghai.[7]

High Speed Train
Lobby
Lobby Level High-speed rail ticket office, ticket vending machines, ticket gates and waiting areas
customs and immigration, toilets
High Speed Train
Platforms
←Towards West Kowloon, Hong Kong Towards Guangzhou South and others→
West
Platform 1 Long-distance & cross-border trains→
Island platform, the left / right door will open, this platform is restricted
Platform 2 Long-distance & cross-border train (non-stop through)→
Platform 3 ←Long-distance & cross-border train (non-stop through)
Island platform, the left / right door will open, this platform is restricted
Platform 4 ←Long-distance & cross-border trains
Platform 5 Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity trains originating / terminating to→
Island platform, the left / right door opens
Platform 6 Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity trains originating / terminating to→
Platform 7 Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity trains originating / terminating to→
Island platform, the left / right door opens
Platform 8 Guangzhou-Shenzhen intercity trains originating / terminating to→
East

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lee, Eddie (December 30, 2015). "50 minutes to Guangzhou: new express rail station debuts in Shenzhen cutting travel time by 35 minutes". South China Morning Post. 
  2. ^ Richards, Jocelyn (December 29, 2015). "Futian's High-Speed Rail Station Opens December 30". That's China. 
  3. ^ a b c d Staff (January 5, 2016). "Asia's largest underground railway station opens for business". London: Smart Rail World. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Asia's largest underground railway station opens in Shenzhen". China Daily. December 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ "福田高铁站拟月底通车 有直达广州高铁" [Futian proposed high-speed rail station opens next month - has direct access to the Guangzhou high-speed rail] (in Chinese). Gaotie.cn. December 14, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "高鐵福田站下周三開通 深圳往廣州42分鐘到" [Futian high-speed rail station opens next Wednesday - 42 minutes from Shenzhen to Guangzhou] (in Chinese). on.cc. December 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ Zhao, Anna (December 19, 2013). "Futian aiming for high-speed rail hub in '14". Shenzhen Daily Digital Edition. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 

Coordinates: 22°32′18″N 114°03′24″E / 22.53833°N 114.05667°E / 22.53833; 114.05667