Shenzhen has been approved by the Ministry of Transport as a pilot city in the country’s drive to build national strength in transportation.
According to an official document published on the official website of the ministry Wednesday, Shenzhen has been given the go-ahead to pilot constructions of a high-quality innovative international air transportation hub, metropolitan railways that weave cities closer, and smart transportation.
As per the document, in three to five years, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport will build more terminals, with around 100 international routes to global innovative cities, hot tourism destinations in the U.S., Europe and Australia, and key cities in Belt and Road countries. The number of international passengers and turnover of international cargo at the airport are expected to account for 20 percent of its total passenger and 50 percent of its total freight transport, respectively.
In one to two years, Shenzhen will launch the construction of more inter-city railways connecting Daya Bay area, Huizhou, Guangzhou and Dongguan. Shenzhen Metro Line 10 will extend to Fenggang in Dongguan, Line 14 to Huiyang in Huizhou, Line 11 to Chang’an in Dongguan, and Line 22 to Tangxia in Dongguan.
In three to five years, Shenzhen Metro Line 6 spur line linking with Line 1 in Dongguan will be put into operation. The construction of Xili Comprehensive Transport Hub and Shenzhen Airport East Railway Station will be completed.
The city will promote intelligent transport with the support of technologies including 5G communication, Internet of Things, and the domestically developed BeiDou navigation satellite system.
China aims to build a comprehensive modern transportation system by 2035 that is safe, convenient, efficient, green and economical, according to a document jointly released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council in September last year.
The government will improve transportation infrastructure and the innovation of new and specially designed transportation equipment will be encouraged to foster the technical upgrade in the industry, Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng said at a press conference in September last year.
Transportation services will be upgraded to make traveling faster and more convenient, and logistics greener and more efficient. Efforts will also be made to develop cutting-edge technology that can inspire smart transportation.