Beijing will construct 12 metro lines in the coming five years as part of a nationwide efforts to support growth as China’s economy slows down. The Beijing Rail Transportation Construction Plan (2014-2020), which calls for six new subways lines and extensions to six existing ones, has been officially approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), according to the Beijing government.
Beijing was one of the three cities approved by the commission to continue with their metro construction plans. The entire metro projects in China worth 465 billion yuan (USD 73 billion) investment. The projects in Beijing are estimated to cost 212 billion yuan (USD 33 billion). Eight subway projects in Tianjin will need 179 billion yuan (USD 28 billion) while 7.3 billion yuan (USD 1 billion) is budgeted for seven projects in Shenzhen. One of the new lines in Beijing, the Pinggu Line, will be part of a greater 1,000km express rail network announced earlier this year linking Beijing with Tianjin and surrounding Hebei province. The plan also features a new driverless automated people mover connect a station on subway line 6 to another on line 7 via the central business district to ease traffic congestion in the city centre. Meanwhile, the Airport Express Line will be extended to the west, Fangshan Line to the north, subway line 8 to the south, subway line 7 to the east, and Changping and Batong lines to the south. Work will begin on eight of the lines by the end of this year.