New expansion of Pudong airport begins this year: mayor

Chen Huizhi
The latest addition to the airport comes amidst broader efforts to develop Shanghai into a hub for transport and shipment. Further Metro and road building is also slated for 2020.
Chen Huizhi

The construction of the Phase 4 project of the Pudong International Airport will start this year, Mayor Ying Yong said at the opening of the annual session of Shanghai People’s Congress on Wednesday.

The Phase 3 project, which included the satellite terminal covering 620,000 square meters, was finished last year.

“Shanghai will serve as a hub for international container transportation and an aviation hub in the Asia-Pacific region,” Ying said.

As part of efforts to set up a cargo collection and distribution system for the modern shipping industry, the government will give priority to sea-rail intermodal transportation and trans-shipment at sea by pushing forward the construction of a designated railway at Waigaoqiao Port and inland waterways like Dalu Canal, Ying added.

“An international shipping center capable of allocating global shipping resources will be formed,” he said.

Ying also laid out other key transportation infrastructure projects for this year.

The construction of the Pudong Comprehensive Transportation Hub will kick off this year, he said.

The construction of the Phase 2 of Metro Lines 10 and 15 and sections of Metro Line 18 will be finished this year, according to the mayor. The construction of another 172 kilometers of Metro lines, including one connecting the Hongqiao and Pudong transportation hubs, Metro Line Chongming and Line 14, will be accelerated.

The government will also start expansion of the S4 Expressway which links Xinzhuang to the city’s border with Zhejiang Province in Jinshan District, and accelerate construction of key infrastructure such as the S3 Expressway, Yanjiang Corridor, Beiheng Corridor and the Shanghai section of Hutong Railway, Ying said.

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