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Metro extends its reach

UNDERGROUND tunneling between a future station on Line 2's western extension in suburban Qingpu District and Hongqiao Airport will be finished before end of this month, taking the city one step closer to connecting its two airports by Metro, the project's managers said yesterday.

The tunneling work is part of the western extension of Line 2 from its current terminus at Songhong Road Station. State-owned Shanghai Shentong Group, operator of the Metro, said 85 percent of the tunneling work for the 8.58-kilometer extension was complete.

The extended route will run past the future Zhuguang Road Station in Qingpu District before reaching West Hongqiao Station and ending at East Hongqiao Station. The latter two stations are both inside the under-construction Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub, which is connected to the airport.

The final stage of tunneling between the two stations inside the airport hub is due to be complete before May. The traffic hub will also offer Shanghai-Beijing and Shanghai-Nanjing express rail lines, Metros, transit and long-distance buses, and services from the hub will start before the Expo 2010 next May.

By then, it will be possible to take a Metro between Shanghai's two airports as Line 2's eastern extension will reach all the way to Pudong International Airport.

Future Metro lines 5, 10, 17 and a Qingpu Metro route will also stop at the Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub.


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