Wuhan Railway Station
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|Wuhan Railway Station|
(See other stations in Hubei)
|Operator(s)||Ministry of Railways of the PRC|
|No. of platforms||11|
|Major bus terminal(s) attached to the station|
Wuhan Railway Station (Chinese: 武汉站) is one of the three main passenger railway stations of Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei Province. It is located northeast of Wuhan's East Lake, near a small lake called Yangchunhu, and is adjacent to the 3rd Ring Road. Administratively, the site is within the Wuhan's Hongshan District.
Completed in December 2009, the station has 11 platforms and 20 tracks. It serves the Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, the Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu High-Speed Railway, and Zhengzhou/Jiujiang-bound passenger trains.
The station was designed by Amenagement, Recherche, Pole d'Echanges (AREP), the Fourth Survey and Design Institute of China, MaP3, and SNCF-IGOA, after winning a two-phase competition in 2005. The design was inspired by the yellow crane, the symbol of Wuhan City. The distinctive roof is intended to resemble the crane's wings, and is based on a sine curve. The building consists of nine separated parts, symbolizing China's nine provinces, plus a central thoroughfare.
Construction of the station began in September 2006, and was completed in December 2009. It was built by China State Construction Engineering Corporation, which also built the Wuhan Airport and the Beijing CCTV building. Construction cost exceeded 14 billion Yuan (US$ 2 billion), including upgrades to surrounding infrastructure.
The total construction area of the station is 370,860 m2 (3,991,900 sq ft), of which the station building has a 114,602 m2 (1,233,570 sq ft) floor area, a 13,324 m2 (143,420 sq ft) elevated pedestrian platform, a 143,664 m2 (1,546,390 sq ft) non-stop pillar canopy, a 60,650 m2 (652,800 sq ft) ground floor, and a 38,620 m2 (415,700 sq ft) ground floor car park. The main arch spans 116 metres and the highest point is 58 metres above the ground.
Located on the main line of the Beijing–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, Wuhan Railway Station is served by almost all trains traveling on this railway to or through Wuhan. (Only a small number of trains terminate at the Hankou Railway Station instead.)
Some of the high-speed trains running via Wuhan on the Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu High-Speed Railway use Wuhan Station as well, but most of them use Hankou Railway Station instead. The Wuhan station is also served by many of the high-speed trains to and from Nanchang (on the Wuhan–Jiujiang Railway).
The number of "conventional" (not high-speed) trains using Wuhan Station is comparatively small; most of those go to the older Hankou or Wuchang stations instead.
- http://english.sina.com/china/p/2009/1210/292182.html Magnificent Wuhan Railway Station — China News - SINA English
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