Maglev line to upgrade transport in Changsha
Changsha maglev project, the first low-speed maglev line in China that has independent intellectual property rights, will be completed and go into trial by the end of 2015, said Changsha Evening News.
Construction work of the project, located in the Yuhua district and Changsha county, started in May 2014. The route goes from the Changsha South Railway Station, alongside the Laodong Road, Huangxing Avenue and Airport Expressway to the Huanghua Airport. The whole line will have three stops: the Maglev High-speed Rail Station, Langli Station and Airport Station.
Around 18.55 km in length, it’s so far the longest low-speed maglev line for commercial operation worldwide, reported the news.
The total cost of the maglev line is expected to be around 4.3 billion yuan ($674 million). According to CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co, the developer, the maglev train will have a maximum speed of 100 km per hour and passenger carrying capacity of 363 people.
A rendering of the Maglev Airport Station [Photo / Changsha Evening News]
Experts say that after 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.
Significantly, it will also mean 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.
And 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 which uses magnetic levitation, as its name suggests, 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.
A train in test operation at the Liuyang River west part of the maglev line [Photo / Changsha Evening News]