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.