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Metro Line 16 begins track-laying

THE construction of Shanghai Metro Line 16 reached a new milestone today as workers began to lay tracks for high-speed trains.

The 59-kilometer Metro line will link Longyang Road Station in Pudong to the seaside Lingang New Town in the southern edge of Pudong.

The first two tracks were laid at Zhoupu East Station at 10am this morning.

China Railway 11th Bureau Group, the builder, said it uses advanced technologies for high-speed trains to lay the tracks, such as CPIII measuring technology, fixed rail welding machines and replacing long rails with short rails.

Among these technologies, CPIII measuring technology is commonly used to build railways designed for speed of up to 350 kph. Line 16 is designed for subway trains to travel at a speed of 120 kph.

About 10.3 kilometers of Line 16 is underground and the rest is on ground and elevated tracks, Metro officials said.

Line 16 is expected to go into partial operation next year. It will connect with Line 2 and Line 7 at Longyang Road Station and Line 11 at Luoshan Road Station.


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