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Year-end opening for seaside transport hub

A TRANSPORT hub will open to the public near Dishui Lake in the Nanhui area along with Metro Line 16 by the end of the year, officials said yesterday.

The hub for the Metro line, buses, taxis and rental bikes is in Lingang New City, which sits on the southeast tip of Pudong and near the Yangshan Deep-Water Port.

The complex will have 73,300 square meters of built-up space and two underground levels leading to the Metro station, according to the Shanghai Urban Construction Design and Research Institute, which won the bid to design the terminal complex.

In addition to ground-level bus and taxi stations, bike rentals will be available, the designers said, adding that the transport hub is expected to bring more tourists to the area.

The seaside region is also being developed to attract residents from downtown as the city tries to reduce population density in its urban districts.

About 45 percent of land in Lingang is reclaimed from the sea. The Dishui Lake, which literally means water drop lake, is the town’s symbol, and the largest artificial lake on China’s mainland. By 2020, Lingang will become a population center complete with commercial facilities, schools and hospitals.

Line 16 starts from Luoshan Road Station in the Pudong New Area — the southeast end of Line 11 — and runs all the way to the Dishui Lake.

Shanghai’s Metro lines will stretch more than 500 kilometers when Line 12, 16 and Line 11’s north section open at the end of the year.



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