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Metro link for coastal town

SHANGHAI will start the construction of a Metro line this year connecting coastal Lingang New City in suburban Nanhui District to the downtown area.

The city's Metro construction authority said yesterday it had received central government approval for the southern extension project for Metro Line 11.

The first phase of Line 11, running from Jiading District in the northwest of the city to Pudong in the southeast, will begin operating this year.

After it goes into service in 2012, the southern line, with trains running up to 120 kilometers per hour, will cut the traveling time from Lingang New City to Pudong's Longyang Road to half an hour.

It will help with the city's moves to boost the shipping industry, the authority said.

Lingang New City is a town created as part of Shanghai's Yangshan Deep-Water Port project off the city's southern coast in Hangzhou Bay. The gigantic project is designed to make Shanghai one of the busiest shipping centers in the world.

The southern line will run for 59 kilometers through Pudong, with 11 stations, according to Metro officials. It will link to five other Metro lines across the city.

Shanghai will have a Metro network of 500 kilometers and nearly 350 stations by 2012. The current eight Metro lines operating in Shanghai cover 234 kilometers with 162 stations.


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