THE city authorities will adopt a public-private partnership (PPP) system for the operation of Metro Line 6, including allowing the Hong Kong MTR to become an investor in the 37.7-kilometer project that links Songgang in Bao’an District with the Shenzhen North Railway Station in Longhua New Area.
On the official website of the National Development and Reform Commission, the State planner said the project will be developed by Shenzhen Metro Co. and HKMTR and operated for 30 years before it is handed over to the city government.
The construction of Line 6 started in 2014. Sections of Line 6 will run on elevated bridges as a cost-saving measure. The line will run through the less crowded areas. The construction cost of elevated bridges is about one-third to one half of an underground project. According to the plan, the elevated sections will be 31.43 kilometers long and the underground sections will be 6.44 kilometers long.
It will serve as an interchange with lines 4 and 1 of the Dongguan Rail Transit system.
Work on the extension of Metro Line 6 with 11.2 kilometers extending from the Shenzhen North Railway Station to the Science Museum Station on Shangbu Road in Luohu District, will also commence this year. The Metro project is estimated to cost 14.9 billion yuan