Line 2 (Wuhan Metro)

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Line 2
Platform of Zhongshan Park
Other name(s)Line 2n or Airport line (机场线)
TypeRapid transit
SystemWuhan Metro
LocaleWuhan, Hubei
TerminiTianhe International Airport
Daily ridership1,000,000 (2017 Avg.)[1]
1,165,500 (April 2017 Peak)[2]
Opened28 December 2012; 6 years ago (2012-12-28)[3]
Operator(s)Wuhan Metro Group Co., Ltd.
CharacterUnderground and elevated
Rolling stockChinese Type B
Line length60 km (37.28 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map
Route Map of Line 2, Wuhan Metro.png

The Line 2 of Wuhan Metro (Chinese: 武汉地铁线) is the first underground metro line crossing the Yangtze River. This line has started trial run on September 25, 2012,[4][5] and has opened on December 28, 2012.[3][6][7] It is Wuhan's second metro line after Line 1, and the city's first underground line, since Line 1 is mostly elevated. Line 2 runs in a northwest-southeast direction, connecting Hankou and Wuchang, including Hankou Railway Station and major commercial districts.

The number of single day passengers on Line 2 has exceeded 500,000 on Jan 1, 2013, the first weekday after its opening, excluding elders holding free passes.[8] When more lines interchangeable with Line 2 open around 2015, the passenger volume could reach 1 million per day. To accommodate such huge traffic, all stations on Line 2 have been extended to the length of 8-car trains for future use.[9]

Line 2 might be the most important metro line in the Wuhan Metro system for being able to carry the heavy cross-Yangtze traffic in Wuhan.


  • Length: 60 kilometres (37 mi)
  • Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
  • Stations: 38.
  • Double track: full line.
  • Electrified: full line.
  • Underground: full line.
  • Traffic direction: right-hand side.[10]


Construction initially began on November 16, 2006 at Fanhu Station under a test-initiative program.[11] and the National Development and Reform Commission approved all construction of the line on September 1, 2007.[12] The tunnels were completed on February 26, 2012,[13] and the line started revenue service on December 28, 2012.[6] It was extended to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on December 28, 2016.[10] An extension of the line to the south in Donghu New Technology Development Zone is operating and was opened in February 19, 2019.[14][15][16]

On the first day of the system's operations, 132,000 passengers were counted entering or exiting the system at the line's last station in Wuchang, Optics Valley Square (Guanggu Guangchang). By the early 2013, the weekday daily ridership (entries + exits) at the same station was counted at 95,000.[17] As of April 2013 the daily ridership of Line 2 averaged 383,600 people per day.[1]

Segment Commencement Length Station(s) Name
Jinyintan — Optics Valley Square 28 December 2012 27.152 km (16.87 mi) 21 Phase 1
Tianhe International Airport — Jinyintan 28 December 2016 19.957 km (12.40 mi) 7 Airport extension
Optics Valley Square — Fozuling 19 February 2019 13.35 km (8.30 mi) 10 Southern extension


Station name Connections Distance
English Chinese
Tianhe International Airport 天河机场  WXG  Wuhan Tianhe International Airport WUH 0.000 0.000 Huangpi
Hangkongzongbu 航空总部 6.004 6.004
Songjiagang 宋家岗 1.427 7.431
Julong Boulevard 巨龙大道 2.039 9.470
Panlongcheng 盘龙城 1.643 11.113
Hongtu Boulevard 宏图大道  3   8  3.946 15.059 Dongxihu
Changqingcheng 常青城 2.886 17.945
Jinyintan 金银潭 2.012 19.957
Changqing Huayuan 常青花园  6  1.092 21.049
Changgang Road 长港路 1.725 22.774 Jianghan
Hankou Railway Station 汉口火车站  WXG  China Railway Hankou railway station HKN 1.407 24.181
Fanhu 范湖  3  1.216 25.397
Wangjiadun East 王家墩东  7  1.410 26.807
Qingnian Road 青年路 1.002 27.809
Zhongshan Park 中山公园 0.946 28.755
Xunlimen 循礼门  1  1.543 30.298
Jianghan Road 江汉路  6  0.897 31.195
Jiyuqiao 积玉桥 3.292 34.487 Wuchang
Pangxiejia 螃蟹岬  7  1.579 36.066
Xiaoguishan 小龟山 0.930 36.996
Hongshan Square 洪山广场  4  1.168 38.164
Zhongnan Road 中南路  4  0.966 39.130
Baotong Temple 宝通寺 1.418 40.548
Jiedaokou 街道口  8  1.238 41.786 Hongshan
Guangbutun 广埠屯 0.951 42.737
Huquan 虎泉 1.613 44.350
Yangjiawan 杨家湾 Bus rapid transit Wuhan BRT 1.442 45.792
Optics Valley Square 光谷广场 1.317 47.109
Luoxiong Road 珞雄路 Trams in Wuhan Optics Valley Tram via Walking Street and Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Station 0.794 47.903
Huazhong University of Science and Technology 华中科技大学 1.009 48.912
Guanggu Boulevard 光谷大道 0.817 49.729
Jiayuan Road 佳园路 1.368 51.097
Optics Valley Railway Station 光谷火车站  11  Guanggu railway station LFN 1.487 52.584 Jiangxia
Huanglongshan Road 黄龙山路 1.059 53.643
Jinronggang North 金融港北 2.038 55.681 Hongshan/Jiangxia
Xiuhu 秀湖 1.603 57.284
Canglong East Street 藏龙东街 1.999 59.283 Jiangxia
Fozuling 佛祖岭 Trams in Wuhan Optics Valley Tram 1.021 60.304

Change of Names[edit]

On August 23, 2012, five stations were renamed according to the result of a poll.

  • Jinse Yayuan and Mingdu Stations were firstly named after nearby real estate development, and was subsequently renamed as "Changgang Road" and "Yangjiawan" respectively to avoid advertising for the development.
  • "Hankou Railway Station Station" has been renamed "Hankou Railway Station" to avoid unnecessary repetition and pronunciation challenges.
  • "Jia" in Pangxiejia has a homophone that tells the story of history as the site of Metro station was once a section of the ancient city walls of Wuchang that were built along the Pangxiejia ridge.
  • "Xiaoguishan" replaced Tiyu South Road (Tiyunanlu) to make the historical places more easily recognizable.[18]

Paired Cross-Platform Transfer[edit]

Hongshan Square Station and Zhongnan Road Station offer paired cross-platform interchange for passengers riding between 4 directions of the two lines. The configuration for the two stations is similar to that of Mong Kok and Prince Edward stations in Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway.[19]

Passengers riding on Line 2 from Hankou wishing to reach Wuchang railway station, can transfer at Zhongnan Road Station by crossing the platform. Those who going to Wuhan railway station, can transfer at Hongshan Square Station by crossing the platform, and vice versa.[20]

Female Waiting Area[edit]

Female Waiting Area in Zhongshan Park Station

Stations of Line 2 provides female only waiting area during hours of operation, following the example of Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Tehran and Mexico City, to protect female riders from sexual harassment.[21][22] Wuhan became the first city to set up female only waiting area in China.[23]

Starbucks Metro Store[edit]

China's first Starbucks Metro store is opened in Hongshan Square Station.[24]

Sale of Partial Naming Rights[edit]

Partial naming rights of Jianghan Road Station of this line was sold to a local snack producer, Zhouheiya (Zhou's dark duck), and has aroused public discontent with the Wuhan Metro Group company.[25] Some are upset by the fact that Metro company sold the rights without public input; some are because the product is not of high taste, and might affect the image of the city; some think it is fine, for selling partial naming rights is a good way to attract funding from the private sector, and does not materially affect the quality of the service.[26]

As of November 23, 2012, all sale of partial naming rights are canceled.[27]

Rolling stock[edit]

Type Time of manufacturing Lines operated Cars Assembly Notes
Type B 2011–2012 Line 2, Wuhan Metro 180 Tc+M+M+M+M+Tc Manufactured by Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.[28]

The rolling stock for Line 2 is currently 6-car trains, with 100 km/h (62 mph) max speed, 80 km/h (50 mph) operational max speed and 36.6 km/h (22.7 mph) average running speed. The collection shoe is installed on the lower part of the vehicle. The third rail is a mix of steel and aluminum. A full train provides 176 seats, and can carry 1276 passengers by Chinese regulation of 9 people per square meter. In the future 8-car trains will be used.[9]

See also[edit]


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