Guangdong plans ultra-high-speed maglev lines linking its mega cities with Shanghai, Beijing
Global Times

South China’s Guangdong Province plans to construct two ultra-high-speed maglev lines linking provincial capital city of Guangzhou and another booming city Shenzhen with Shanghai and Beijing, cutting current travel time via high-speed railway by half.

A prototype high-speed maglev test vehicle Photo: Courtesy of CRCC Qingdao Sifang Co

According to the Territorial Special Planning of Guangdong Province (2020-35) released on February 9, Guangdong has formally stated the intention to set aside space in the province for the construction of a high-speed maglev line linking Beijing, Hong Kong and Macao, and another one line linking East China’s Shanghai.

If the plan is realized, it’s estimated that the travel time between Shenzhen, Guangdong and Shanghai will be shortened by half to merely 2.5 hours, while that between Shenzhen and Beijing will be 3.6 hours.

The proposal estimates that the province’s population will grow to 130 million by 2035, while population in the Pearl River Delta region will reach 84.4 million, 90 percent of the population living in the cities.

In order to make travel more convenient, the province also plans to cut travel time within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to within one hour, and shorten travel time to major cities across Southeast Asian countries to within three hours.

With the release of the planning document, construction of high-speed maglev lines in Guangzhou and Shenzhen are expected to gain momentum. The two cities signed seven cooperation deals in October 2020, including construction of a high-speed maglev line linking the two mega cities, media reports said.

China is a global leader in maglev technology, having unveiled a 600-kilometer-per-hour maglev train prototype in 2019 and also developed medium-speed maglev trains. The trains are viewed by many as a means to fill a speed gap between civil aviation and the country's world-leading high-speed railway system, which runs at 300-350 km per hour.