Pearl River Delta Rapid Transit

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The Pearl River Delta Rapid Transit is a regional rapid rail network being gradually constructed in the Pearl River Delta, People's Republic of China. The project's goal is to have every major urban center in the Pearl River Delta to be within one-hour travel by rail to Guangzhou.[1] On March 16, 2005, the State Council examined and approved plans for a regional rapid rail transit network for the Bohai Economic Rim, Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta. According to the plan, by 2020, Pearl River Delta Rapid Transit network will have a total route mileage of about 600 kilometres (370 mi).[2][3] In September 2009, the plan was expanded to 1,478 km (918 mi) of routes split up into 23 lines. In the long term vision network length will reach 1,890 km (1,170 mi) by 2030. By then the network will provide basic coverage to the Pearl River Delta region.

Operational lines[edit]

The GuangZhu Intercity Railway and the Guangshen Railway is the system's two operational lines.

Lines under construction[edit]

Foshan-Dongguan Intercity Railway[edit]

Foshan-Dongguan Intercity Railway, also called the Fo-Guan Intercity Railway, is a planned high-speed railway within Guangdong province, China between the cities of Foshan, via Guangzhou, to Dongguan. It will connect Panyu District, Guangzhou at the major Guangzhou South interchange, tunnelling under the Pearl River through Machong and Hongmei to Wanghong Railway Station providing connections via the Dongguan Rail Transit, the Guangzhou–Dongguan–Shenzhen Intercity Railway or the Dongguan–Huizhou Intercity Railway. The length of the railway is 37 km (23 mi).

Guangfo Link[edit]

The Guangfo Link is a 35 km long railway line that connects Guangzhou South Railway Station to Foshan. It has a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour (120 mph) and will use 6 car CRH6 EMUs capable of running at 2.5 minute frequencies.[4] It is expected to start construction in late 2012 and completed in 2016.[5][6]

Guangzhou–Dongguan–Shenzhen Intercity Railway[edit]

The Guangzhou–Dongguan–Shenzhen Intercity Railway, also known as the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Intercity Railway, is an 87-kilometre (54 mi)[7] regional rapid railway line that runs roughly along the east bank of the Pearl River connecting the major cities of Guangzhou, Dongguan, and Shenzhen. It will use CRH6 EMUs[8] with a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).[9] It is expected to be operational in 2015.

Guanhui Intercity Railway[edit]

The Guanhui Intercity Railway or Guanhui Urban Railway is a 14 station, 100 km long, regional rapid railway line that connects Dongguan to Huizhou.[10] The line was originally planned to use subway type cars with Siemens technology.[11] However it was plans changed partway through construction to use 8 car CRH6 EMUs capable of running up to 200 km/h (120 mph).[12] The line started construction in 2009[13] and is expected to open in late 2013.[12]

Guangzhao Intercity Railway[edit]

The Guangzhao Intercity Railway or Fozhao Urban Railway is an 11 station long regional rapid railway line expected to be operational in 2013. It will connect Guangzhou to Zhaoqing, via Foshan.[14]

Guangqing Intercity Railway[edit]

The Guangqing Intercity Railway is a high-speed railway connecting Guangzhou with Qingyuan, a branch line will connect to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

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