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Hongqiao Hub Ready for Higher Speed

The Hongqiao Transport Hub, which partly opens today, will serve as Shanghai's gateway to the Yangtze River Delta region and beyond.

The new transport hub covering 1.5 million square meters connects subways and high-speed railways as well as airlines.

The terminal has a capacity to handle 1.1 million passengers a day.

The expansion of Hongqiao International Airport is the first step of the city's ambitious plan to build a Greater Hongqiao Area, which includes 26.5-square-km Hongqiao Business Park.

The park will feature offices, hotels, entertainment facilities, shopping malls and exhibition sites. It is expected to open in two years.

1. West Station

The square comprises of Metro stations, bus stops, a long-distance bus station, transit halls and parking lots.

Lines 2 and 10 will have stops connecting to the railway station. The two lines will also connect with planned Lines 5, 17 and 20.

2. High-Speed Rail Station

The station, with 30 railroads and 30 platforms, is designed to handle 80 million passengers annually by 2030.

The station is city's key terminal for high-speed railway lines, including an inter-city railway between Shanghai and Jiangsu Province's Nanjing City and a line between Shanghai and Zhejiang Province's Hangzhou City.

3. Maglev Station (planned)

4. East Station

Also called Shanghai Shenhong International Tower

The square comprises Metro stations, bus stops, transit halls and four parking lots.

Line 2 has a stop in the east center and Line 10 will have a stop there by October.

5. Terminal 2

Up to 90 percent of carriers switch to the new terminal, with 11 airlines moving to Terminal 2. One airline and flights to South Korea and Japan will remain at the old terminal.

Terminal 2 has 45 boarding gates, three times as many as those in T1.
A new 3,300-meter-long runway, next to the 360,000-square-meter Terminal 2, is also added to the airport.

March 2005 - Shanghai Municipal Government proposes carving out a transport hub in the city's west end.

May 2005 - City government and Ministry of Railway decide to build the hub in Hongqiao area.

March 2006 - Headquarters is set up to supervise hub construction.

July, 2006 - The main project planner, Shanghai Rainbow (Shenhong) Investment Co Ltd, was set up.

April 2007 - Construction begins on the new terminal at the Hongqiao International Airport.

July 2007 - Construction begins the hub's east and west traffic centers.

July 2008 - Construction begins on the Hongqiao Railway Station, terminal for several planned high-speed railway lines. Construction begins on Metro Line 2's eastern extension to the hub.

March 16, 2010 - Hongqiao International Airport's Terminal 2 opens for traffic with Line 2 connecting to the new terminal.

July 1, 2010 - A high-speed railway line connecting Shanghai to capital Beijing will start operation as the railway station partially opens.


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