Hangzhou metro operator started seeking public opinion on its official Website yesterday on the modification of the third phase construction plan of the city's metro system from 2017 to 2022.
The construction of a fast-speed metro line linking Xiaoshan International Airport and two railway stations, northern extension of Metro Line 3 and western extension of Metro Line 5 will be completed by 2022 and the total length of the metro system in Hangzhou will be 514 kilometers with 13 metro lines by then, which will be 68 kilometers longer than in previous plans, according to the plan.
The fast-speed metro line will connect two railway stations and downtown with Xiaoshan International Airport with 15 stations along the 57-kilometer line. Originally it was designed to have a total length of 50 kilometers as the new design has added two stations on both ends: Liuxiang Road Station and Jingjiang Station.
It will start from Liuxiang Road Station, then to West Hangzhou Railway Station, go along Wen'er Road and Wensan Road to East Hangzhou Railway Station, then along Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway to Xiaoshan International Airport, and reach its destination at Jingjiang Station.
The highest speed for the line will be 120 kilometers an hour instead of the normal 80 kilometers an hour for other metro lines. After completion, it will take 45 minutes to commute between downtown and Xiaoshan International Airport.
It currently takes more than an hour for a taxi to cover the distance on elevated roads and Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway.
The northern extension of Metro Line 3 will start from West Wenyi Road Station to Wushanqian Village Station. There will be four stations, all underground, with a total length of around 6 kilometers.
The western extension of Metro Line 5 will start from Old Yuhang Station in the east to Lvting Road Station in the west in Yuhang District.
If completed, with a total length of 51.5 kilometers, the Metro Line 5 will be the longest line among the 13 metro lines. It will go across seven districts with 38 stations, and passengers can exchange at 16 stations along the line.