Line 6 (Shenzhen Metro)

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Line 6
Type Rapid transit
System Shenzhen Metro
Status Under Construction
Locale Shenzhen, China
Termini Songgang
Science Museum
Stations 27
Planned opening 2020
Operator(s) MTR Corporation (Shenzhen)
Character Underground and elevated
Depot(s) Changzhen Depot
Rolling stock CRRC Puzhen (601-660)(6A)
Line length 50 km (31.07 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 100 km/h (62 mph)

Line 6 (simplified Chinese: 六号线; traditional Chinese: 六號線; pinyin: Liùhào Xiàn), also known as the Guangming line (simplified Chinese: 光明线; traditional Chinese: 光明線; pinyin: Guāngmíng Xiàn) of the Shenzhen Metro is currently under construction. Line 6 is part of the Phase III expansion of the Shenzhen Metro with a construction time frame scheduled for 2015-2019.[1] The first phase of Line 6 has a length of 37.85 km (23.52 mi) and a total of 20 stations.[2] It connects Songgang to Shenzhen North station. The southern extension has a length of 12 km (7.5 mi) and 6 stations, from Shenzhen North station to Science Museum station. Construction of the first phase started in 2012,[3] with both the original line and south extension are scheduled to open in 2020.[4] When completed it will be the second metro line in Shenzhen with an operating speed of over 100 km/h (62 mph). Cuihu station will have provision for interchange with Dongguan Rail Transit Line 1 which is also under construction.[5][6] It is envisioned to serve as an interchange with Line 1 and Line 4 of the Dongguan Rail Transit system. As with Line 4, Line 6 will be operated by Hong Kong MTR Corporation (Shenzhen).[7]


Line 6 had a planning history of over 20 years with major design changes along the way. In the 1994 "Shenzhen Urban Passenger Transport Master Plan", Line 6 was a metro line proposed to start from Bao'an International Airport to Songgang, with a line length of about 15 km (9.3 mi). It was envisioned as an extension of the still under planning Line 1 to connect the industrial and manufacturing centers of the then Bao'an County with the Bao'an Airport and the Special Economic Zones of Shenzhen. At the time Bao'an was not part of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, the purpose of Line 6 was to promote the development into Bao'an's western corridor and the northern industrial hinterland by extending the reach of the Shenzhen Metro.[8]

In the 2001, Line 6 was proposed to be extended south to Xixiang Subdistrict and east to Gongming Subdistrict creating a 37.5 km (23.3 mi) long line with 16 stations. At that point the alignment of Line 6 bears more resemblance to today's Line 11. By 2003, Line 6 was again redesigned into a 51.8 km (32.2 mi), 15 station, commuter railway in a "∩" shape connecting the Airport with Longhua District via Songgang. With the eastern leg of the "∩" replacing one of the then proposed Line 4 branches, the other which remained a section of Line 4 heading to Qinghu.[9] In 2003, The line was again redesigned back into a metro line from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Songgang with a length of 37.2 km (23.1 mi), and 19 stations with a branch line north to Dongguan. This is the first incarnation of Line 6 that resembles it's alignment today.[10]

In 2011, an additional station,Cuihu (formorly called Lilin), was added between the Guangming Center station and Guangming North station. This was done in anticipation for interchange with Dongguan Rail Transit Line 1 which will now take over the branch line to Dongguang.[11] In order to promote better transport integration and economic development between Dongguang and Shenzhen with the relevant departments of the two cities working together in rail transit planning.[12] During the construction of Line 4 in 2007 to 2011, Shangtang Station reserved space for extra platforms and tracks for cross-platform interchange with Line 6. The station was to be rearranged to accommodate Line 6 when it was being constructed. In addition, Line 4's Longhua depot had supports built with decks designed for Line 6 to run over it. In 2012, Line 6 north of Shenzhen North Station was realigned one block east, dropping the plan to use all these provisions.[13]

In April 10, 2012, Longhua District government held a symposium rail transit construction and the Shenzhen Urban Planning and Land Resources Committee issued the "Shenzhen rail transit planning (revision)".[14] This revised Phase III plan showed that Line 6 will extend further south into central Shenzhen with six new stations, and an additional length of 11.5 kilometers. The Shenzhen Metro Phase III approved by the National Development and Reform Commission does not include the south extension of Line 6. However, in order to reduce the need for passengers heading to the city center to transfer into the already overcrowded Line 4, approval for the southern extension of Line 6 parallel to Line 4 was fast tracked. This extension will improve connectivity, by providing a direct line between Guangming and the city center, and provide relief for the congested Line 4 heading to and from Shenzhen North Station.[11]


In 2010 the Shenzhen government and MTR Corporation signed a memorandum of cooperation on the construction operation of Line 6 for 30 years under the BOT procurement strategy, similar to Line 4.[15][16] Funding was approved in April 2013 and construction of the first phase from Shenzhen North Station to Songgang officially started on August 25, 2015 with completion by 2020.[1] A notable feature of the project is the section of Line 6 that crosses over Line 4 between Hongshan and Shangtang stations. The angle between the alignments of the two lines is only 11.3°. This means there is significant overlap between the elevated structures of both lines and Line 6 will need to span 100 meters in length order to cross over Line 4. This will be done with a large cable-stayed bridge supported by a single 92 meter high main pier and a bridge length of 140 meters. Making it the first cable-stayed bridge for a metro line for the Shenzhen Metro.[17]

Construction of the Shenzhen section of Dongguan Rail Transit Line 1 started in 2018 as part of Shenzhen Metro's Phase IV expansion known as the "Line 6 branch line project".[5]


The latest Environmental Assessment Study revised the alignment of the southern extension by shifting the alignment east, adding a station at Hanlin, removing Sports Center Station and a proposing a new secondary depot at Minle.[18]


  • M - main line services
  • B - branch line services
M B Station name Connections Nearby bus stops Distance
English Chinese
Through-services to/from Dongguan via Dongguan Rail Transit  1 
Wuhan University 武汉大学 Guangming
Sun Yat-sen University 中山大学
Xinming Hospital 新明医院
Songgang 松岗  11  Bao'an
Xitou 溪头
Songgang Park 松岗公园
Shutianpu 薯田埔 Guangming
Heshuikou 合水口
Gongming Square 公明广场
Nanzhuang 南庄
Loucun 楼村
Guangming New Town 光明新城
Cuihu 翠湖
Guangming Street 光明大街
Guanguang Road 观光路
Changzhen 长圳
Shangwu 上屋  13  Bao'an
Guantian 官田
Yangtai Hill East 羊台山东 Longhua
Yuanfen 元芬
Shangfen 上芬
Hongshan 红山  4 
Shenzhen North 深圳北站  4   5  Shenzhen North railway station IOQ
Meilinguan 梅林关
Hanlin 翰林 Futian
Yinhu 银湖  9 
Bagualing 八卦岭  7 
Shenzhen Stadium 体育馆
Tongxinling 通新岭  3 
Science Museum 科学馆  1 


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