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SHENYANG
 China

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 METRO

The city of Shenyang (also known as Mukden, Shengjing or Fengtian; approx. 5 million inh.) lies some 500 km northeast of Beijing and is the capital of Liaoning province in Northeast China.

Line 1

Phase 1 (from west to east) 27.8 km, 22 stations (construction began in late 2005):

Shisanhaojie, Zhongyangdajie, Qihaojie, Sihaojie, Zhangshi, Kaifadadao, Yuhongguangchang, Yingbinlu, Zhonggongjie, Qigongjie, Baogongjie, Tiexiguangchang, Yunfengbeijie, Shenyangzhan, Taiyuanjie, Nanshichang, Qingniandajie, Huaiyuanmen, Zhongjie, Dongzhongjie, Bangjiangjie, Limingguangchang

Line 1 links Zhangshi in Shenyang economic and technological development zone in the west to the Liming Cultural Museum in the east.

Line 2

27 km, 22 stations

Construction started in late 2006

 History

27 Sept 2010: Line 1 - Shisanhaojie - Limingguangchang (22 stations)

09 Jan 2012: Line 2 - Santaizi - Quanyunlu (19 stations)

30 Dec 2013: Line 2 - Santaizi - Hangkonghangtiandaxue (3 stations)

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 TRAM

In August 2013, Shenyang opened the first stage of a 60 km tram network with four lines and some catenary-free sections, all on the south bank of the Hunhe River, to be operated for the first 3 years by RATP Dev together with a local company. The 30 low-floor trams are manufactured by Voith, together with the Chinese manufacturer Changchun Railway Vehicles Company.

Hunnan Modern Trams

15 Aug 2013:
Line 1 Olympic Center - Expo Center (18.7 km)
Line 2 Olympic Center - Taoxian Airport (15 km)
Line 5 Olympic Center - Shenfu Xincheng (21.1 km)

29 June 2016:
Line 3 Century Building - Northeastern University (11.3 km)

 

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 Links

Shenyang Metro

Shenyang Metro at Wikipedia

Shenyang Subway Net

 

Craig Moore reports from Shenyang on 27 Oct 2014:

Shenyang is the largest city in northeast China with a municipal population of 8.1 million and it has a rich history with some interesting sites. The Metro opened in 2010, and, despite its young age, it is different from other recent Chinese Metros. Firstly, it is nice to see that the Metro has a good presence with prominent entry structures at main junctions. There are Totems, although these are sometimes lost in general signage, but stations also have electronic boards above main entrances. You can’t miss them. The system also has a lovely logo (a bit like a Celtic cross) which symbolises the ‘S’ and the North South/East West alignments very cleverly. The ticket halls are spacious, although there are very few automated machines (I counted 2/3 per entrance area) and I would imagine that queues would form at peak times. Tickets are in the form of plastic cards which are scanned on entry and placed in slots on exit, and fares are distance based at 2, 4 and 6 Yuan (€0.23-€0.69). The platforms are arrived at via a rather shallow central escalator or lift and, given that the scale of the stations are not to Beijing/Shanghai enormity, you arrive on the platform surprisingly quickly.

Signage is good, clear directions are given and the line and location are located on pillars and the three-quarter platform screens. One thing of note is that the schematic map (which is very anorexic looking) is located right at the ends of platform, tucked away for few to see. There are seats on the platforms which is strange for China and this would seem an ideal place to locate mappage and other such information boards. The platforms are quite dim and have not aged well. Moreover, this is not a system of clean lines and gleaming white. No, the platforms have a dirty beige tone and the long aspect is interrupted by broad pillars, stairs, and escalators. Having said that, it is nice to see a relatively new Metro that is not the formulaic type that is the norm in China today, and so I praise the difference of the Shenyang planners.

Trains are of 5 carriage stock and operate at 6-8 min headways. Side seating, which is colour-coded to the line (red or pale orange), allows for high carriage capacities. Above door route indicators, end of carriage electronic station indicators and audio announcements are all in Chinese and English (Chinese English and not the cheesy American English of the trams-see below). Most stations have island platforms although side platforms do exist at terminals and the interchange station. The interchange is very easy to negotiate with huge floor and wall stickers identifying the path you should take to reach the other line (see photo). Line 2 is above Line 1 and a short walk/small set of stairs between lines is negotiated in 90 seconds. Generally, this is a good system and although it doesn’t have the scale of the big Chinese systems it is a welcome change from the similarities you get on most lines now.

As for the Tram, this was a little disappointing. Firstly, it is nice to have rail-based access from an airport and China is great for this (with more to follow), but a tram is not the normal mode for airport connections, so I was looking forward to the experience. Coming out of the airport (very little signage) I had difficulty locating the tram as the line is at right angles to the terminal and is hidden behind a huge advertising hording. The trams are 2 car articulated and are clean and modern with a range of models and two colour schemes (blue or white). Stations have shallow platforms, a small shelter, and a crude network map with start and finish times of operations (0600-2100) in Chinese only. There is no timetable information and trams runs at 20min intervals, but my experience was that there were many irregularities and delays. Inside the trams there is a schematic and ugly geographic map (in Chinese) along with Mandarin/English audio announcements welcoming you to Hunnan Tramway in an awful Americanised accent. There are several sections with no catenary (see photos).

The route is mostly segregated in peripheral areas (mostly in the median of main roads) but does have road crossings (these are signalled but ignored!) and there is much blowing of the horn. Stations are unequally spaced and on longer legs the tram reaches up to 60kph although for the most part it crawls along. In the centre the lines are street running. There is little evidence of direct pedestrian access to the stops via pedestrian crossings and most passengers seem to cross the road at a space in the traffic and walk on the tracks to reach the station. Given this and the poor headways, the system does not have a buzzy feel. There isn’t the constant rattling of trams at all, they just appear occasionally. It has a flat fare of 2 Yuan which is placed (coin or note) in a glass canister at the entry point. At Olympic Centre (renamed ‘Outlet Mall’) there is no signage to the Metro and in fact it is an 8 min walk, around the aforementioned Mall, across a road, around a park and to the bus station before you reach the Metro - you have to ask directions. So not an integrated system, and the tram is not the most exciting but overall this is a nice urban rail city.


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