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This article has been put together by WNIC via a series of trending weixin articles on regional rail transport projects.

Subway Line 1

Changsha subway Line 1 is expected to be completed some time in 2015. It will comprise of 16 stations. The line runs north-south.

As of November 7, Line 1 had been completed, mostly, from it's start point of North bus station, Kaifu district, and a following 16 stations finished. The main interchange hub will be at Wuyi Square for Line 2.

Changsha-Xiangtan-Zhuzhou InterCity Rail Development Strategy

As part of the long term strategic development of the central region of Hunan, being a length of 96km, a total of 21 stations have been designed and speeds of up to 200 km/h. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016 and travelling time between Xiangtan City and Changsha will be reduced to less than 30 minutes.

The Xiangtan Intercity route will look like this ↓ ↓

Further developments...

  • New iron bridge river crossing

The total bridge length is about 2.2 km and will assist in the rail speeds of Beijing-Guangzhou passenger and freight services.

  • Underground rail tunnels

At various locations, including the ecological zoo (Furong Lu) and the area around Kaifu Temple, new deep underground rail routes will be built to facilitate swifter transport movement, reduce congestion and aid the Changsha-Xiangtan-Zhuzhou rail network.

  • River tunnel extention planned

According to the latest design, in southern Hunan, near Xiangtan City, a "modified bridge and tunnel" is due for completion. The Xiangjiang River tunnel to be increased by more than 2 km in length, from Lei Feng Road station to LiuYuan Road station making a total length of 12.5 km.

  • Direct Changsha Main Train Station access

In order to facilitate the transfer of passengers between the rail hub Main Train Station of Changsha station tunnels will connect the metro to the actual train station. Two 12-meter wide North-South tunnels, will help with the commuter flow to and from their Intercity connections.

  • Further long-distance regional rail plans...

In the future, it is envisaged that the network will expand outwards to other outlying towns and cities to create one of China's most dynamic and connected regional economic bases. Thousands of kilometres of track are earmarked for connections to Yueyang, Changde, Yiyang, Loudi, Hengyang and some further counties and cities.

Sources: 长沙地铁官方订阅号 & 掌上潇湘