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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 10 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

- 23.9 km, 22 stations

27 Sept 2010: Shenxian 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)

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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

- 20.4 km, 17 stations

31 July 2016: Taipingyuan - Chengdu Junqu General Hospital (20.4 km, 17 stations)


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 Line 4

- 22.1 km, 16 stations

26 Dec 2015: Intangible Cultural Heritage Park - Wannianchang (22.1 km)


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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).

Line 10: phase 1 - 10.9km, all underground, 6 stations; from Hongpailou to Shuangliu International Airport T2 (> 2017)



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In Sept. 2016, Craig Moore reports from Chengdu:

The Chengdu Metro began operations in 2010 and has seen incremental growth, with expansion of the system occurring in every subsequent year with the exception of 2011. This staggered growth makes the Chengdu Metro a useful illustration of the underlying trends in Metro design in China, where clear differences in style are evident between earlier and later lines. The system is now over 108km in length (81 stations), making it the 9th longest in China and 31st longest in the world. The system has four lines - structured as a north to south (L1/3) and north-west to south-east (L2/4). The Metro operates from approx 0630-2300 with base headways of 5 mins. Fares are distance-based and cost 2-9 Yuan, dependent on the length of journey. Interestingly, notice was given that Chengdu Metro would begin to offer day passes from Summer 2016, although as of September no such tickets are available.

The lines can be divided into two groups:
Lines 1 and 2 were mainly opening from 2010-2012, with some subsequent extensions. These lines use CSR stock in 6-car sets and are the busiest lines. Line 1 is the original line and looks quite dated now and is a very noisy ride. It is fully underground with very similar station form in that they followed the blueprint for Chinese Metros at that time island platforms, full platform screens, next-train information and minimal maps. It is the busiest line on the system connecting main trip-generating points such as North Railway Station, the wonderful Tianfu Square with its swirling entrance lobby, Sichuan Gymnasium, and South Railway Station - the journey between terminuses takes 44mins.
For most of the journey, Line 2 is similar. Being the longest line on the system and having periodic extensions, it does, however, have some differences. In the southeast, beyond CIPA the line becomes elevated for 7.5km around Lianshanpo. At CIPA, alternate trains from the west terminate, providing 10min headways on the remainder of the service to Longquanyi. The elevated stations are quite unstylish, very blocky and frayed. The side platforms have half screens. 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 terminus station of Xipu where there is cross-platform interchange with regional CRH services to Dujiangyan - Journey time on Line 2 is 1h12mins.

Lines 3 and 4 have quite a different feel as they were only brought into operation within the last 8 months (July 16 and Dec 15, respectively). The stations are generally less significant in scale than the original lines, with small ticketing areas and only a minimum number of ticketing machines which are quite ugly. Island platforms are narrower also. The lines operate the same 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 with themed displays and different ceilings designs (Line 3 especially). Both lines are fully underground with a journey taking approx. 35mins to complete.

All the lines are well used...this is a very busy Metro, especially at transfer stations, but the frequencies are adequate for demand and the transfer works well a very slick operation. One of the most successful elements of the Chengdu Metro is its ease of use. There is easy interconnection as all lines have transfer with each other line through 6 interchange stations in the city centre/inner south. In addition to the cross-platform transfer between Line 2 and 4 at CUCTM, all other 5 transfers have perpendicular interchange which are well signed and require only short walking distances. The network has good navigational aids with a nice geographic map at the end of each platform and smart schematics on trains (note that the CNR stock on Lines 3 and 4 has maps that include the new ring line). All stock is colour-coded with handles, bars and exterior colours related to the specific line colour - you most definitely know which line you are on. Directional signage is good and there is hard-copy information available at every station. In general, the navigation offer in Chengdu is much better than most Chinese Metros.

In so many ways this is one of the better and more interesting metros in China much like Chengdu itself.



2007 © Robert Schwandl (UrbanRail.Net)