Changsha to pilot its maglev by year-end
Changsha maglev project, the first low-speed maglev line in China that has independent intellectual property rights, will be completed and go into trial operation by the end of 2015.
Upon its completion, the distance between Changsha South High-speed Railway Station and the T2 terminal in Huanghua Airport will be reduced to 10 minutes. The project will transform the Changsha South Station into a comprehensive transportation hub, ensuring seamless transfer among maglev, subway, and high-speed rail.
More importantly, it means that the city of Changsha will take the lead in building itself into a modern integrated transportation hub with high-speed rail, air traffic, inter-city rail, low-speed maglev, subway, as well as highway.
“The Changsha maglev project will draw on the management experience from similar projects in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. And advanced technologies from both home and abroad will be put into use for its construction,” said Wu Xiangming, chief adviser to the Changsha maglev project, who used to be the head of Shanghai maglev project.
Wu said that the low-speed maglev has the advantages of being safer and quieter, with smaller turning radius, better climbing ability, as well as low cost. At present, the Changsha maglev project has completed accumulative investments of 1.5 billion yuan ($ 241.44 million).
The project has established strong scientific research and consulting teams and carries out close technological cooperation with several institutions and universities in conquering multiple technical difficulties.
When completed, it will be the first low-speed maglev line in China completely built by Chinese engineering. It is also expected to be the flag bearer of the maglev industry in Central China’s Hunan province.
Maglev is a transport method that uses magnetic levitation that gives it its name to move vehicles without touching the ground. With maglev, a vehicle travels along a railway using magnets to create both lift and propulsion, thereby reducing friction and allowing higher speeds.
By Zhang Qiong, edited by Mevlut Katik
Source: Changsha Evening News