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First rails laid for Line 16

The construction of Shanghai Metro Line 16 reached a new milestone yesterday as workers began laying rails featuring high-speed train technology.

The 59-kilometer line will link Longyang Road Station in the Pudong New Area to the Lingang New City on the southern coast of Pudong.

Line 16 will connect with lines 2 and 7 at Longyang Road Station and Line 11 at Luoshan Road Station, according to Metro authorities.

The first two rails were laid yesterday morning at Zhoupu East Station.

The builder of Line 16 said it will adopt many advanced technologies that have been used on the country's high-speed train routes.

CPIII measuring technology will be used. The technology includes a three-dimensional control net for foundation piles commonly used for fine adjustments on railways designed for trains traveling between 250 and 350 kilometers per hour.

Builders said the control net can maximize rail accuracy and guarantee stable operation.

Previous media reports said Line 16 trains will travel at speeds up to 120 kilometers per hour, which would be the fastest in the city.

Other technologies include using fixed rail welding machines and replacing long rails with short rails, according to the bureau.

Workers will first lay 25-meter-long rails and weld them to 150-meter-long rails by using Swiss-imported equipment.

According to Metro authorities, about 10.3 kilometers of Line 16 is underground while the rest is either at ground level or on elevated tracks.


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