Recently, Peng Gaofeng, director of Guangzhou Municipal Planning and Natural Resources Bureau revealed in an interpretation lecture of Guangzhou’s new round of planning that Guangzhou is planning to build 17 metro lines to connect Foshan, 5 metro lines to connect Dongguan. Metro line 18 will be extended to Zhongshan and Zhuhai. According to the plan, Guangzhou will build an one-hour rail traffic circle with the surrounding cities to achieve high-speed and direct access between the urban centers of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macao.
It is necessary to connect with the metro in the surrounding cities
The Overall Planning of Guangzhou Land and Space (2018-2035), which is being sought for suggestions, proposed that the development of Guangzhou and its surrounding cities will be integrated, and a large city circle in Guangzhou will be co-established. "How can Guangzhou achieve point-to-point direct connection with the central areas of Shenzhen, Hong Kong and and Macao? The high-speed rail that we're trying to push into the city can answer the question."
In addition to the high-speed rail, Peng Gaofeng also stressed the important role of metro in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The draft of the plan also put forward that Guangzhou it is to be connected with the urban metros of Foshan, Dongguan, Qingyuan and Zhongshan. How will Guangzhou achieve metro docking with its surrounding cities?
On November 3, 2010, Guangfo Metro opened and became China’s first inter-city metro line. At present, in addition to the direct docking of Guangfo Metro Line, there are also the west extension of Guangzhou Metro Line 7 and Foshan Metro Line 2 under construction. The Guangfo Rail Transportation Connection Plan jointly complied by Guangzhou and Foshan shows that Foshan will have 10 metro lines docking with Guangzhou in the future.
In the future, there may be more and more metro links between Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan and other cities. The “one-hour traffic map of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” shows that Guangzhou plans to build 17 metro lines to connect with Foshan, and 5 metro lines to connect with Dongguan.
Metro Line 18 to extend to Zhongshan and Zhuhai
Peng Gaofeng said that Guangzhou has a total area of 7,434 square kilometers. But as a provincial capital city, a central city of China, and an important pole of Greater Bay Area, Guangzhou still has to consider its location in terms of strategic thinking and development ideas. "In fact, a modern metropolitan area covering an area of about 20, 000 square kilometers and a resident population of about 30 million people has been formed in Guangzhou."
"How can we further form the Guangzhou metropolitan circle?" Peng Gaofeng said that the radiation drive of the central city, and the service capacity of the central city to provide all kinds of convenience to the surrounding cities are all aspects that Guangzhou needs to further strengthen.