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City's 2nd maglev approved to link airport
By Winny Wang 2007-3-22
CHINA'S top planning body has approved the construction of a maglev stretch from Longyang Road to Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, as part of the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev project, 21st Century Business Herald reported today.
The city government began relocating residents and setting aside land for the stretch in October 2006, the report quoted an anonymous insider as saying.
The stretch will start from Longyang Road Station, the terminal of the current maglev line that links Longyang Road and Pudong International Airport, across the World Expo site, Shanghai South Railway Station to Hongqiao Airport.
Construction on the stretches from downtown Shanghai to Jiaxing, and from Jiaxing to Hangzhou, may begin after 2010, the report said.
The approval of the Shanghai stretch is partly because of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, which is expected to host 70 million people from overseas countries and regions from May 1 to October 31, 2010, the report said.
"Transport during the Expo will depend on Metro lines, especially lines linking the Expo site to airports and railway stations," said Sun Zhang, a professor of Tongji University.
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