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Chengdu Metro Map

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Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, has some 3 million inhabitantas, with some 16 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. It is located in southwestern China, west of Chongqing.

Chengdu is planning an underground Metro network with 7 lines, totalling 274 km, to be completed by 2035.

After construction had begun in 2005, phase 1 of line 1 started limited service in Sept 2010.


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 Line 1

- 40.9 km, 35 stations

27 Sept 2010: Shengxian Lake - Century City (18.5 km, 16 stations)

08 June 2013: Ocean Park (now Jincheng Plaza) station

25 July 2015: Century City - Guangdu (5.4 km, 5 stations)

18 March 2018 (17 km): Shengxian Lake - Weijianian (1 station); Guangdu - Wugensong (1 station); Sihe - Science City (11 stations)

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 Line 2

- 42.2 km, 32 stations

16 Sept 2012: Chadianzi Bus Terminal - Chengdu Institute of Public Administration (22.4 km)

08 June 2013: Chadianzi Bus Terminal - Xipu (8.7 km)

26 Oct 2014: Chengdu Institute of Public Administration - Longquanyi (11.1 km)

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 Line 3

- 50.5 km

31 July 2016: Taipingyuan - Chengdu Junqu General Hospital (20.4 km, 17 stations)
26 Dec 2018: Chengdu Junqu General Hospital - Chengdu Medical College (12.7 km)
26 Dec 2018: Taipingyuan - Shuangliu West Station
(17.4 km)


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 Line 4

- 43.1 km, 30 stations

26 Dec 2015: Intangible Cultural Heritage Park - Wannianchang (22.1 km)
02 June 2017: Intangible Cultural Heritage Park - Wansheng and Wannianchang - Xihe (21 km)


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 Line 7

- circular line 38.6 km long with 31 stations

06 Dec 2017: Chengdu North Railway Station - Chengdu East Railway Station - Chengdu South Railway Station - Culture Palace


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 Line 10

- 10.9 km, 6 stations

06 Sept 2017: Taipingyuan- Airport Terminal 2 (10.9 km)


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 Chengdu Tram

The initial section of a tram system in the northwestern suburbs of Chengdu opened in late 2018. As of now, it is isolated, but it will eventually reach Chengdu West Railway Station and intersect with metro line 2 twice.

26 Dec 2018: T2 Chenguang – Hexin Road (13.5 km)


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 Metro Projects

Line 3: Hongxin Chezhan to Banqiaonan, 49.28km (underground 15.59km, aboveground 33.69km), 22 stations (11 underground stations, 11 elevated stations).

Line 5: Simaqiao to Jianghe, 24.63km (underground 17.9km, aboveground 6.73km), 13 stations (11 underground stations, 2 elevated stations).

Line 6: main line: Shawan to Sihe,22.05km (underground 15.5km, aboveground 6.55km), 13 stations (11 underground stations, 2 elevated stations).
Line 6 branch line: Bolichang to Shuangliu Airport, 15.11km (underground 5.52km, aboveground 9.59km), 8 stations (4 underground stations, 4 elevated stations).

Line 7: Shengtai to Longtandong , 41.93km (underground 29.63km, aboveground 12.3km), 22 stations (17 underground stations, 5 elevated stations).



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Chengdu Metro (Official Website)

Chengdu Metro at Wikipedia

Chengdu's Busway



In March 2018, Craig Moore reports from Chengdu:

The Chengdu Metro began operations in 2010 and has witnessed incremental growth, with expansion of the system occurring in every subsequent year with the exception of 2011. This growth pattern makes the Chengdu Metro a very useful illustration of the underlying trends in Metro development in China, where clear differences in style are evident between earlier and later lines/extensions. The system is now 192.7km (revenue Km) (183.1km underground) with 136 stations, making it the 8th longest in China and 21st longest in the world. It has six lines - structured as a north-south (L1/3) and northwest to southeast (L2/4) system, together with a strategically important Ring Line (L7) and a southwesterly appendage (L10) to the airport. Chronologically and stylistically, the lines can be divided into three groups:

Lines 1 and 2 were opened between 2010-2012, although there have been subsequent extensions. These lines use CSR stock in 6-car sets and are the busiest lines on the system. Line 1 is the original line and the early sections look quite dated with rather similar station form in that they follow the blueprint for Chinese Metro construction used at that time – basic angled street entrances (except the large, stunning, circular Tianfu Square), standard format ticket halls with ticket machines (fares are distance-based across the system at 2-9 Yuan), security, barriers and customer support. Central escalators and stairs lead to island platforms with full platform screens, RTI, basic furnishings, and solid information provision. The line operates 5min base headways and connects many of the main trip-generating points in the city such as North and South Railway Stations, and Tianfu Square, the main transfer station with its island/two side platform layout for access/exit at either side of the train. There are variances though, with central stations having some distinguished design elements on station pillars and images from the lengthy southern extension to the Technology Zone (opened on 17 Mar 18) show a significant leap forward in station design and style, as per Line 7 (see below). With the recent extension, the current line is 39.9km (fully underground).

For most of its length, Line 2 has a similar feel to Line 1 but being a longer line (41.5km/33.7km underground) and having extensions in 2013 (west) and 2014 (east), it does offer some differences. There is cross-platform transfer at East Railway Station with Line 7 and further southeast at CIPA, alternate trains from the west terminate, providing 10min headways on to Longquanyi. This section beyond CIPA also has a lengthy elevated section around Lianshanpo - the elevated stations having side platforms with half screens and being quite unstylish and frayed. To the north and west, Line 2 also has two cross-platform interchanges – at CUTCM where Line 2 intersects with Line 4, and at the elevated terminus station of Xipu, a large station with 2 island platforms to allow for cross-platform interchange (barriered) with regional CRH services to/from Dujiangyan, the metro service using the central tracks between the two platforms. Services operate 5 to 6min base headways and journey time on Line 2 is 1h12mins.

Lines 3 and 4 have quite a different feel from the original lines as they were brought into operation from late 2015 to mid-2016. Many of the underground stations appear to have a slightly smaller footprint than Line 1 and 2, with smaller ticketing areas and narrower island platforms. The lines operate the same 5/6min headway but utilise CNR stock which has more advanced above-door information. Although island platforms and full screens dominate, these lines have more stylish platform areas than the earlier structures. Line 3 runs fully underground in a southwest-northeast alignment (19.5km) and is the shortest line on the system, yet is the only one to connect with all other lines. Its route visits Chengdu’s Central Business District to the east of Tianfu Square. At the southern terminus of Taipingyuan there is a broad and artistically beautiful cross-platform transfer to Line 10 and most stations on the 34min journey have interesting themed displays on pillars and walls, and have differentiated ceilings designs.

Line 4 is the longest line on the system at 43.0km (41.4km underground), following an east-west direction on its 1h08 journey. It serves the busy West Railway Station and several visitor sites such as Sichuan Museum and Intangible Cultural Heritage Park. Stations have elements of design style and individuality at both ticket hall and platform levels and in the east the line has two short elevated sections around Mingshuwangling. The stations here have modern, bright ground level entrances with central stairs/escalators up to the side platforms. These have half screens and are topped by high arched roofs. The route here shows some interesting views of the eastern suburbs of the city.

Lines 7 and 10, the newest lines on the system, offer some good examples of the confidence Chinese metro design has today, with bold interpretations on traditional styles and a creative use of imagery. Both use CRRC 6-car stock with dynamic strip maps which show travel times between stations, flashing rings to illustrate the number of minutes to the next stop and platform arrival information which illuminates your carriage and where stairs/lifts or transfer access is located – very impressive. The stock also has wood veneer panelling at the end of each carriage and at the drivers cab.

Line 7 is a 38.8km fully underground ring line (1h07) operating as ‘outer’ and ‘inner’ (clockwise) services at 5/6min base headways, with the terminus displayed as Cuijiadian (depot is located here). The line visits several of the city’s education establishments and important long distance rail hubs. It also offers easy transfer to the network's cross-city lines at 8 stations, where Line 7 has the deeper alignment. Although all stations have island platforms, many have unique and impressive design characteristics including long, locally related art panels at entrance level and pillars/ceilings with themed designs at platform level. These attributes bring different colour and ambiance (particular colours dominate depending on which part of the ring you are on, these related to north, south, east and west) along the line as it progresses around the city (Taipingyuan, Simaqiao, Jinsha Site Museum, North and East stations stand out).

The flair of Line 7 has not fully transferred to Line 10 even though they opened within three months of each other in late 2017. This line is different because it is an adjunct to the rest of the system, it has only 10min base headways and its stations (at platform level) have seen a return to the standard island platform design, even though these are bright with a glossy sheen. At entrance hall level there are some impressive examples of imagery from local history and topography and there is a freshness to the stations. The 6-car stock is also distinctive in that it has predominantly paired seating with only occasional lateral rows, these having a beige, school canteen type appearance. There is also wood veneer coverings at the ends of carriages giving the interiors a quite dated look, despite the high quality dynamic electronic information present. At the airport, the station is centrally located and well signed within the terminal - unlike at some airports, you soon find yourself in the metro station. The 10km fully underground line takes only 13mins to reach Taipingyuan where simple cross-platform transfer to Line 3 enables passengers to reach the centre of town within a total of 25mins (a far cry than the slow airport buses).

The metro’s presence in the city is impressive with entrances and tall angled totems easily recognisable and, being a well-spaced system in the centre, you are never far away from a metro station. Services operate from approx. 0615-2300 with all lines well used, service frequencies good and fast, smooth running across the system. Stock is colour-coded with handles, end plated and exterior coloured bands below the windows related to the specific line colour, along with the ring-like city crest - you most definitely know which line you are on, and wayfinding is excellent as one expects in China (all signage, and electronic and audio information is in Mandarin and English). There is easy/short transfer at interchange stations, which again are well dispersed across the city centre/inner south and at main transport hubs in more peripheral areas. In terms of navigational aids, there is a geographic map at the end of each platform and smart schematics on trains (these are in both small landscape and larger portrait format with portrait offering a more realistic representation of the system). These maps have been future-proofed and include the new southern extensions to Line 1 and future Line 3 expansion. Interestingly, as with Nanjing, these maps are in Chinese only. Line 10 also has a smashing system map (Chinese/Latin alphabet) with illustrations of tourist sites (see photo). To top it all, there is also decent hard-copy information available at most stations.

From pretty unexceptional beginnings, this system has grown and matured into a fine metro specimen.




2007 © Robert Schwandl (UrbanRail.Net)