The mainland is planning to have 11,700km of metro railway by 2050 to keep up with the new leaders’ ambitions to speed up urbanization.
This is nearly 10 times the 1,688 kilometres of operating metro railway in 14 cities at the end of 2011.
By 2015, there will be 3,000 kilometres of metro railway, and by 2020 there will be 6,200 kilometres, said the China CNR Corporation, a leading rolling stock manufacturer.
Of the new metro railways to be built between now and 2015, 16% will be in the Pearl River Delta, 25% in the Yangzi River Delta and 24% in the Bohai region, including Beijing.
“ China has already become the world’s biggest metro railway market, “ said China CNR Corporation.
~ SCMP, February 12, 2013 ~