Shenzhen Starts Work on Asia's Longest Subway Station
A subway train runs on Line 3 of the Shenzhen Metro (Longgang Line) in Shenzhen city, South China's Guangdong province. Image: IC
China started to build Pinghu Central Station in Shenzhen. It will be Asia's longest subway station once completed.
Pinghu Central station is the terminal in the north of Subway Line 10, which stretches south to the Futian Checkpoint station bordering Hong Kong and is scheduled to begin operation in 2020.
The two-story station is designed to be 22 meters in width and 170 meters in length, the longest in Asia, according to a representative from the construction unit of China Railway Construction Corporation. There are two reasons for building such a long station. One is the expected 20 percent boom in passenger numbers and the other is the extension of trains from six to eight carriages.
Shenzhen has 187km of subway line in operation and another 211km under construction. This year will see three subway lines in trial operation and four will see start of construction.
Shenzhen metro route map by 2030. Image: Nima Farid / wikipedia
With the formation of Shenzhen's subway network, Pinghu Central station will become an important transport hub by connecting several lines.