China announces $7bn Jinan metro

China’s National Development and Reform Commission has announced that work will begin on a metro network in Jinan, the capital of Shandong province in eastern China.  

The $7bn first phase of the development will involve the construction of three lines with a total length of 81km.  

The first will run for 26km through the west of the city. It will cost $2bn and contain nine stations. The 35km, $3bn second line will run from east to the west, with 14 stations and interchanges. The third will contain 11 stations and link the north and south of Jinan; it is valued at $2bn.  

The trains will have the unusually high maximum speed of 120kph owing to the long distances between the stops.  

Jinan has a population of a little less than 7 million people, 4.3 million of whom live in the metropolitan area. When future phases are completed, they will be served by a 331km system with 155 stations. 

Construction on phase one is due to start this year and will be complete by 2019. 

China is to stimulate domestic demand by fast-tracking work on $1 trillion of construction and infrastructure projects as the republic fights to keep its GDP growth rate above 7%. 

It has recently announced plans to build an $11bn international airport in Chengdu.

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