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Three Chinese cities welcome more trams

The latest tramway opening in Shanghai takes the city’s tram network to 31km (19 miles) and is operated by a joint venture of Shanghai Shentong Metro Group and Keolis. Image courtesy of Shanghai Keolis

Amongst massive metro expansion, three Chinese cities opened new tramways or extensions in December.

The first to open, on 27 December, were a series of extensions almost tripling the size of the tramway in Chengdu (Sichuan province). After a year of operation on the initial 13.5km (8.3-mile) section, T2 was grown by the inauguration of three new sections taking the system to 39.1km (24.2 miles). They are: Hexin Road – Chengdu West railway station; Chenguang – Pixian West railway station; and Xinye Road – Renhe.

Foshan (Guangdong province) saw the isolated ten-stop 6.6km (4.1-mile) Gaoming tramline in the western suburbs brought into regular revenue service from Zhihu to Cangjiang Road on 30 December. Five three-section CRRC Qingdao Sifang trams powered by hydrogen fuel cells provide a ten-minute service. When five more trams are available, the line will be extended to 17.4km (10.8 miles); this could take place in 2021. (Read more about Foshan’s new tramway in TAUT 984).

Also on 30 December, Shanghai’s two-line Songjiang tramway was completed with the opening of the 3.9km (2.4-mile) T1 extension from Xinmiaosan Road to Xinqiao railway station.