Wuhan Metro

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Wuhan Metro
Wuhan Metro Logo.svg
Transit typeRapid transit
Number of lines9
Number of stations228[1]
Daily ridership3,109,700 (December of 2018 avg.)
4,465,200 (April 4, 2019 Peak)[2]
Annual ridership1054.01 million (2018)[3]
Began operation28 July 2004; 15 years ago (2004-07-28)
Operator(s)Wuhan Metro Co., Ltd.
System length339 km (210.6 mi)[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wuhan Metro
Simplified Chinese武汉地铁
Traditional Chinese武漢地鐵
Alternative Chinese name
Simplified Chinese武汉轨道交通
Traditional Chinese武漢軌道交通

The Wuhan Metro is a rapid transit system serving the city of Wuhan, Hubei, operated by the Wuhan Metro Co., Ltd. The system began operation on July 28, 2004 with the completion of a ten-station long elevated line between Huangpu Road and Zongguan,[4] making Wuhan the sixth city in mainland China to have a metro system after Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Dalian.[5] Line 1 is the first metro line in China to have been wrongly referred to as a light rail (轻轨; qīng guǐ) system in Chinese terminology.[6]

As of November 2019, there are 9 lines in operation, totaling 228 stations[1] and 339 kilometres (211 mi)[1] of system length. The daily ridership of Wuhan Metro ranges from 2,200,000 to 2,800,000.[7][8]

Wuhan Metro is pursuing ambitious expansion projects to connect Wuhan's three boroughs, divided by the Yangtze River and Han River, to accommodate increasing inter-borough traffic and provide commuter services to suburban satellite cities. A long-term plan expects the Wuhan Metro to operate 25 lines, including 12 urban lines and 13 suburban lines, totaling a length of 1,045 kilometres (649 mi), making it one of the most expansive rail transit systems in the world. As of 2017, there are currently 13 subway expansion projects totaling 304 km (189 mi) of subway being constructed.[9]


Evolution of the Wuhan Metro

Preliminary studies of urban rail transit system were prompted by the city shortly after a Belgian Railways delegation visit in 1984. Following the demolition of old Beijing-Hankou Railway, the city of Wuhan planned to utilize the corridor to construct the city's first rapid transit rail line. In September 1992, the Wuhan Metro Construction Group was established by Wuhan Municipal Construction Commission and a supervision group, led by the mayor Qian Yunlu, was subsequently formed in 1993 to facilitate the project's funding, planning, logistics, and organization. Yet, it was seven years before the city was able to fund construction.

In October 1999, the National Planning Commission (predecessor of the National Development and Reform Commission) approved the Wuhan "Light Rail" project (Line 1, phase 1), signaling the start of serious work on the rail transit project. On October 2, 2000, the Wuhan Municipal Government ratified the establishment of the Wuhan Rail Transit Co., Ltd., and contracted construction, operation, administration and related real estate development to the corporation.

In December 2000, the National Planning Commission accepted a feasibility report on the project and approved construction on phase 1 of Line 1. On December 23, 2000, the project broke ground and comprehensive construction began.

In 2002, with the anticipation of an economic boom and increasing demand for urban rail transit, Wuhan Municipal Government approved the city's first long-term rail transit master plan. On July 28, 2004, the ten-station long "light rail" line was opened to the public and entered revenue service in August. However, low ridership discouraged the city from funding the extension project, for which ground had been broken on December 15, 2005, and a 4-year delay in construction ensued. In April, 2006, the NDRC ratified a six-year construction/operation plan, but it was not until a year later on April 9, 2007 that NDRC accepted the feasibility report for line 1, phase 2 (the extension project) and approved construction on the project.

In the interim, construction began on the Fanhu station of the fully underground line 2 on November 16, 2006, as a response to the six-year plan adopted by NDRC earlier. Construction also began on the underground line 4 stations of Wuchang railway station in June, and Wuhan railway station in September, as parts of the integral capital project to revamp and construct the Wuhan Railway Hub.

In May 2007, the Hubei Provincial Development and Reform Commission (HDRC) approved preliminary designs on the Line 1, phase 2, and comprehensive construction subsequently commenced in June. On May 15, the city government approved the establishment of Wuhan Metro Co., Ltd., which would replace the Wuhan Rail Transit Co., Ltd and assume its responsibilities and benefits.

On September 12, 2007, the NDRC accepted the feasibility report to Line 2, phase 1, and preliminary designs were approved by the HDRC in December 2007. However, it was not until September 2008 that land purchases and funding were facilitated and comprehensive construction began to take place. In October 2009, drilling of the Yangtze River tunnel started.

On March 13, 2009, the NDRC accepted feasibility report to Line 4, phase 1. On May 13, 2009, the HDRC ratified preliminary designs on Line 4, phase 1. Comprehensive construction ensued on the Wuchang segment of Line 4. A more ambitious urban rapid transit plan was submitted for NDRC review in October, 2009, and in late November, on-site panel investigations were conducted by China International Engineering Consulting Corporation.

In February 2010 (Wuhan Metro)'s first commercial property topped out in Hanxi 1st Road station. On July 29, Line 1 phase 2 entered revenue service from Dijiao to Dongwu Boulevard. Despite plans to extend the westernmost terminus to Jinshan Avenue in Dongxihu District, the station was never built. A short stub with crossover tracks was constructed behind Dongwu Boulevard. Zhuyehai, a station in Qiaokou District, remained non-operational in spite of the existence of complete platforms. Neither exits nor staircases had been built yet. It was due to open when the Wuhan IKEA store was completed in late 2014.[10]

A revised and more detailed construction plan was accepted by the NDRC on January 31, 2011. The plan specified the city's plan to complete construction on Line 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 before 2017. Beginning on March 1, Line 1 subdivided its fare zones from 3 to 5 and lowered maximum fare from 5 CNY / ride to 4 CNY / ride. Wuhan Tong cardholders will receive a 20 percent discount on single ride fares.[11] On April 9, Line 1 welcomed its 100,000,000th customer, who was awarded a one-year pass to the Metro.[12] On September 9, preliminary designs on Line 4, phase 2 (Hanyang segment) was approved by HDRC.

On February 17, 2012 the NDRC accepted a feasibility report on line 3, phase 1, the fourth line in Wuhan Metro's grid and the first to cross the Han River, connecting the boroughs of Hankou and Hanyang. A feasibility report to Line 6—the second Hankou-Hanyang connection—was also approved by the NDRC on December 21, 2012. Seven days later, line 2 entered revenue service, connecting some of the most populated areas of Hankou, Wuchang, and the Optics Valley.

On April 12, 2013, the NDRC granted acceptance to a feasibility report of Line 8, phase 1, which connects Hankou and Wuchang via the Second Yangtze River Bridge corridor. Construction began in June 2013 and was completed in December 2017.

On December 28, 2013, Phase 1 of Line 4 went into operation, making it the third line in the Wuhan Metro system.[13]

On September 17, 2014, Zhuyehai station on Line 1 was opened.[14]

On December 28, 2015, Line 3 went into operation, making it the fourth line in the Wuhan Metro system.[15]

On December 28, 2016, Line 6 opened and Line 2 was extended north to the airport.[16]

On December 26, 2017, Line 1 Phase 4 and Line 8, Yangluo Line opened.

On October 1, 2018, Line 7 and Line 11 opened.[17]

On December 28, 2018, Line 7 south extension (also known as Zhifang line) opened.

On February 19, 2019, Line 2 south extension opened.

On September 25, 2019, Line 4 west extension (also known as Caidian line) opened.[18]

On November 6, 2019, the Phase 3 of Line 8 opened.[1]


Line Termini
Commencement Newest
 1  Hankou North
2004 2017 37.936 32
 2  Tianhe International Airport
2012 2019 60.304 38
 3  Hongtu Boulevard
Zhuanyang Boulevard
2015 29.660 24
 4  Bailin[19]
Wuhan Railway Station
2013 2019 49.693 37
 6  Jinyinhu Park
Dongfeng Motor Corporation
2016 35.512 27
 7  Garden Expo North
Qinglongshan Ditiexiaozhen
2018 2018 46.963 26
Jintan Road
2017 16.204 12
Military Athletes' Village
2019 4.84[1] 3
 11  Optics Valley Railway Station
2018 18.744 13
 Yangluo  Houhu Boulevard
2017 34.575 16
Total 339[1] 228[1]
  1. ^ a b Line 8 is operated in two discontinuous sections.

Line 1[edit]

Line 1 of Wuhan Metro

Line 1 is a 37.788 km (23.480 mi) elevated urban rail line entirely located in the borough of Hankou. It runs a northwest-southeast route that approximately parallels with Jiefang Avenue for its entire length. There are 27 planned stations, among which 25 are operational. Line 1 operates 33 four-car train sets, 12 of which are manufactured by Changchun Railway Vehicles, and 21 by Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.

On July 28, 2004, the first phase of Line 1 began service from Huangpu Road to Zongguan. On July 28, 2010, Line 1 extended from both ends after the completion of phase 2.[20] The phase 3 expansion, which extends the northeast terminus to Hankou North Station, entered revenue service on May 28, 2014.[21] The phase 4 expansion, which extends to Jinghe Station from Dongwu Boulevard. The phase 4 opened on Dec 26th, 2017. Line 1's color is blue.

Line 2[edit]

Line 2 train

Line 2 is a 27.895 km (17.333 mi) underground subway connecting the boroughs of Hankou and Wuchang. Upon completion, Line 2 was the first subway in China to cross the mighty Yangtze River.[22] It runs in a northwest-southeast route and crosses the Yangtze River near Jianghan Road, and Jiyuqiao in Wuchang. Tunnel drilling concluded on February 26, 2012.[22] Revenue service of Line 2 began on December 28, 2012.[23][24] Line 2 operates 41 six-car train sets, all of which were manufactured by Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co., Ltd.

Line 2 is set to be extended towards both directions. The southern extension will bring the southeast terminus from Optics Valley Square to 6th Gaoxin Road, and the northwest extension plan will bring the northwest terminus from Jinyintan to Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, providing convenient access for airport and residential areas en route. Early on, construction work on both extensions was expected to commence in 2013, and the tentative completion dates was set at 2015. In May 2014, it was reported that the construction work on the southern extension would start within 2014, with was the completion by February 19, 2019. Line 2's color is pink.[25]

Line 3[edit]

Line 3 train

Overall construction of Line 3 was approved by National Development and Reform Commission on Feb 23, 2012,[26] and officially started on Mar 31, 2012.[27] Line 3 went into operation on December 28, 2015. Line 3's color is dark yellow.[15]

Line 4[edit]

Line 4 train

Line 4 is mostly underground. It will run in an east-west route serving the Hanyang and Wuchang distincts. The first phase linking Wuchang and Wuhan railway stations opened on December 28, 2013; since that day, all three main railway stations of Wuhan are connected by the Metro. The second phase of Line 4 will crossing the Yangtze River to Hanyang opened in 2014. Line 4's color is light green.[28]

Line 6[edit]

Line 6 opened in 2016.[16] And it is the first line of Wuhan Metro to use high capacity A size trains with overhead lines. Line 6's color is green.

Line 7[edit]

Line 7 was opened on 1 October 2018 on National Day.

Line 8[edit]

Full-scale construction was approved by National Development and Reform Commission on April 24, 2013. It was opened to the public on Dec 26, 2017. Line 8's color is grey.[29]

Line 11[edit]

Line 11 was opened on 1 October 2018 on National Day.

Yangluo Line[edit]

Yangluo Line opened on 26 December 2017. Yangluo Line's color is magenta.

Future expansion[edit]

A number of lines are under construction. Line 12 will be a loop line. Line 5 is proposed to use automated driverless trains.[30] Line 9, 10, as well as 13 suburban metro lines, are being planned by the municipal authority.[31]

Lines and Liveries Termini Operational by Total Length
in km
Stations Status
 6  Phase 2 Zoumaling Jinyinhu Park 2020 15.3 9 Under construction
 8  Phase 2 Liyuan Yezhihu 2020 17.4 11 Under construction
 11  Gedian section Zuoling Gedian South Railway Station (in Ezhou city) 2020 3.7 1 Under construction
 5  South Third Ring Road Wuhan Railway Station 2021 33.57 25 Under construction
 11  Phase 2 East section Wuchang Railway Station Optics Valley Railway Station 2021 12.41 7 Under construction
 16  (  Hannan  ) South International Expo Center Zhoujiahe 2021 32.4 12 Under construction
 12  Phase 1 & 2 loop line 2023 60.4 35 Under construction
 19  Wuhan Railway Station Optics Valley Free Trade Zone 2023 24.45 9 Approved
 7  (  Qianchuan  ) Machi Huangpi Square 2024 36 10 Under construction
 10  (  Xingang  ) Wuhan Railway Station Shigang 2025 26.2 10 Approved
 10  Phase 1 Changfu Wuhan Railway Station 2025 61.4 29 Under Planning
 11  Phase 3 west section Sino-French Eco-city Wuchang Railway Station TBD 27.1 11 Approved
 Yangluo  Phase 2 Zhongyi Road Houhu Boulevard TBD 3.2 2 Under Planning
 13  New Hanyang Railway Station Future Tech-city TBD 40.4 27 Under Planning
 14  Zhuyehai Dijiao TBD 27.2 21 Under Planning
 20  Tianhe International Airport Wuhan Railway Station TBD 30.3 6 Under Planning


Wuhan has legislated to ban food consumption on board, the first of such kind in China.[32]

China's first Starbucks metro store will open in Hongshan Square Station.[33]


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.[34]

Passengers riding on Line 2 from Jinyintan wishing to reach Huangjinkou, can transfer at Zhongnan Road station by crossing the platform. Those going to Wuhan railway station, can transfer at Hongshan Square station by crossing the platform, and vice versa.[35]

According to the national media (Wuhan Metro) is the first rapid transit system in Mainland China to offer such an arrangement.[36]

See also[edit]


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