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Work gets underway on Line 11 in Pudong

THE southern extension of Metro Line 11, which will end in coastal Lingang New City, started construction yesterday.

The 59-kilometer southern section in the Pudong New Area will link Pudong's northern region with the southern region - formerly Nanhui Area.

"Construction is expected to wrap up in 2012," said Yan Qinguo, director of Shanghai Nanhui Rail Transportation Investment Co Ltd.

Starting from Longyang Road, the line will have 11 stops, including Shanghai Wildlife Park and Huinan Town.

A branch route of the line 11, now in the planning stages, will link to the Disneyland theme park under construction, officials said.

"Locals in the rural coastal area will be able to reach downtown Pudong in as little as 30 minutes," Yan said.

The line, which will have both underground and elevated sections, will bolster the development of Lingang New City, which was established in 2003 and incorporates manufacturing, logistics, export processing, research and development and residential areas.

It will also speed up the urbanization of the suburban southern area, officials said. The former Nanhui area merged into Pudong last year.

The trains will run on three different schedules.

Non-stop trains will travel from one end to another in 30 minutes. Trains pausing at every station will make the same trip in about an hour. Trains pausing at some major terminals will take about 45 minutes.

The trains will travel at a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour, Yan said.

According to the design, the station platform will be able to park six-car trains. Each carriage can carry 300 passengers.

The southern section may be renamed Metro Line 21 after construction to differentiate it from the northern extension, which runs from Jiangsu Road in the city's Changning District to North Jiading, Yan said.

A project linking northern and southern sections is under construction with a target date of 2012, officials said.


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