Work begins on Metro Line 12 western extension project
Construction of Metro Line 12's western extension project kicked off recently in suburban Songjiang District, which, when completed, will greatly shorten the travel time for Songjiang residents to downtown Shanghai.
The line extension is designed to cross two districts, Minhang and Songjiang. It will begin at Qixin Road, the current western terminus of Line 12 in Minhang, and stretch six more stations, to Dongjing Station in Songjiang.
Dongjing will be a transfer stop for Line 9 when the extension is finished.
The extension project is about 17.27 kilometers long, all underground, according to Shanghai Shentong Metro Group.
With a total investment of 16 billion yuan (US$2.36 billion), the project is scheduled to be finished by 2027. The maximum speed on the line is designated to reach 100 kilometers per hour. Among the six news stops, the largest spacing is 5.23 kilometers, and the shortest is 1.49 kilometers.
The western extension project is also carving out Songjiang's new development layout.
With the G60 Station, one of the six new stops, to be constructed at the junction of Xinzhuan and Qianfan roads, the line will traverse the G60 Science and Technology Innovation Corridor of the Yangtze River Delta region, which is home to firms in the artificial intelligence, biomedicine, integrated circuits and other industries.
At the same time, construction of new shopping hubs, commercial centers and high-end neighborhoods is under way along the Metro line.