Shanghai planning new rail link between airports

Shanghai planning new rail link between airports

Shanghai is planning to build a new rail link between the Hongqiao and Pudong airports, shortening the journey between them to around 30 minutes.

The city is considering an “express Metro” link and a railway line, Sun Jianping, Chief of the Shanghai Transport Commission, said in a Shanghai Daily report.

The airports are 45 kilometers apart and passengers can currently travel between them by taking Metro Line 2 all the way or by splitting the journey between Line 2 and the high-speed Maglev. The trip involves changing trains and can take up to 90 minutes.

Xue Xingong, an engineer of the China Railway Shanghai Design Institute Group Go Lid, said a fast Metro train could take around 50 minutes while a train could make the journey in as little as 35 minutes.

Last year, the city’s airport authority announced plans to build a 60-kilometer airport link with stops at Shanghai South Railway Station, Longyang Road Station and the new Disneyland.

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