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HEFEI
 China

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 METRO

Hefei, a city in Anhui Province, 150 km west of Nanjing and 400 km west of Shanghei; with some 3.5 million inhabitants in the urban area.

- 8-line metro network planned, first line opened in Dec 2016:

 Line 1

24.6 km with 23 stations

26 Dec 2016: Heifei Railway Station - Jiulianwei

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Hefei Metro

 Projects

Line 2: 30 km with 24 stations (2017)

Line 3: 37.7 km with 32 stations (2019)

Line 4: 41.3 km with 31 stations (2020)

 Photos

Future-proof 5-line network (2017):

Hefei Metro

 

 Links

Hefei Metro (Hefei Urban Rail Transit Co. Ltd. - Official Website)

Hefei Metro at Wikipedia

 

 

In January 2017, Craig Moore reports from Hefei:

As the newest member of the world’s Metro fraternity, Hefei is planning a medium-sized Metro network of 5 lines, the first of which opened at the very end of 2016. The line runs from the newly developed high technology hub in the far south via the city’s’ high speed train station (Hefei South Station) and then along the main north-south artery to the important bus station (Mingguan Road) and the North Railway station. Dadongmen gives access to the eastern end of the main road through the city centre (Shouchun Road), and from October 2017 this will be served by Line 2 with construction work in an advanced stage.

At street level the stations have a standard entrance structure with a basic totem and information boards. The edging of the angular structure is illuminated with narrow lighting strips which, at night, looks impressive. The entrance halls are rectangular with pillars along the entire length, nice red ticket machines, dispensing 2-3 yuan tickets dependent on distance to be travelled. Security, access barriers and information office are down one side of the space. There is a rack with information leaflets including safety tips and basic line information. At either end of the entrance hall (and platform) is a smart schematic map which shows all 5 planned lines. This looks quite stylish and is different from most ‘future’ maps which usually show planned lines in a pale grey. Given that the full network is not expected to be completed until 2025 the map is a little ideological at the moment, but, as a European, one can only look with envy at such Metro confidence – long term development, planning and financial/political commitment are a given. Moving down to the platform level, these are quite standard with island platforms housing full platform screens with strip map, LCD screens with next-train information, seating and the schematic at the end of platforms. The pillars, stairwells and central lift shaft give quite a cluttered feel and the open feel of the ticket hall is not repeated on the platform. The pillars and white panelling have a red trim with traditional Chinese motifs and bold station names in large calligraphic letters (both a clear trend in new metro construction in China) and this adds affect to, what would otherwise be, quite a featureless space. All stations are similar with the exception of South Station which has side platforms and panelling to block the view across to the opposite platform. South Station entrance hall is also a much larger space than the other stations, clearly designed for huge planned numbers. Dadongmen station is very deep because of the water table as it is located next to the river which formed the defence of the ancient old town (of which there is now no trace except street patterns) and so platform to exit requires three long escalator rides.

The ride is good and quiet but there are ridiculously long dwell times at stations, and the journey is pretty boring, given uniform station structures and grade. The CSR Nanjing stock operates 6-car sets at 9min base frequencies and the trains have a white, black and red exterior colour scheme and the frontage is quite streamlined. The interior is predominantly white with white side seating, but there is quite a bit of advertising and red trim on handles and door casings - the other lines will have platform and train colours to represent their tone designation. The above-door strip map is dynamic with three changing styles, from full line strip, current station and ‘previous-next’ stations. There is no schematic system map on the trains but all electronic and audio information is presented in Mandarin and English. As a new system, this is bright, clean and modern but there is really little else to say – pretty non-descript.

 

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