A ceremony on 19 November launched work on six new metro lines in the capital of the Chinese province of Guangdong (population 11.5m), a CNY100bn (EUR12.77bn) plan that will add 111.7km (71 miles) and 67 stations by 2023. The city already has a 13-line metro, with 15 further projects, totalling 421.2km (261.7 miles), under construction.
The new projects include:
• A 9.6km (six-mile) extension of line 3 between Panya Square and Haishu, adding four stations, due to open in 2022.
• A 9.8km (6.1-mile) extension of line 5 from Wenchong to Huangpu Ferry Terminal with six new stations.
• A 21.9km (13.6-mile) north-eastern extension of line 7 from Higher Education Mega Center South to Shuixibei, with 11 new stations. A western extension to Weichong is already underway to open in 2020.
• A new line (10) will take over the 6km (3.7-mile) line 3 branch from Tianhe Coach Terminal to Tiyu Xilu, from where a new 20.9km (13-mile) line with 13 stations will be built to Xilang. The new underground line is planned to open in 2022.
• Line 12 will connect Higher Education Mega Center South and Xunfenggang on a 37.6km (23.4-mile) underground route that serves 25 stations. This is planned to open in 2023.
• A second phase of line 14 is to add 11.9km (7.4 miles)of underground route with eight stations between Guangzhou Railway Station and Jiahewanggang.