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WENZHOU
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 WENZHOU

Wenzhou, port city in southeastern Zhejiang province, with some 3 million inhabitants (6.6 mill. in metropolitan area), some 350 km south of Shanghai.

 

 Line S1

Suburban metro, mostly elevated with some underground stretches under construction: Tongling - Shuang'ou Avenue - 52.8 km - 21 stations

23 Jan 2019: S1 Tongling - Olympic Center (34.4 km)

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WZMTR - Wenzhou Metro (Official Site)

Wenzhou Metro at Wikipedia

Non-professional video made on initial S1

 Report

In March 2019, Craig Moore reports from Wenzhou:

Wenzhou
A medium sized city located on wetlands and punctured by many waterways, Wenzhou is also surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. This has historically created isolation for the city and has resulted in a distinct culture and language of the local people. Despite this, in Jan 2019, the city became part of the Chinese Metro establishment, operated as Wenzhou Rail Transit.

Route
The single line system is 33.6Km (Revenue Km) and hosts 12 stations, using standard gauge and overhead power supply. The alignment runs mainly on viaduct. From Tongling in the south west of Wenzhou the route follows the main rail line north the Nan Zhan (South station). This is the main station for the city and receives long distance trains from Hangzhou and Shanghai. Beyond here, the alignment turns east and again runs parallel to heavy rail lines running to the traditional main station. On this stretch, Longxia Road (nearest station to the city centre) and Huimin Road (new commercial/residential/civic area) are the busiest stations on the system. This section also expands from twin track to three-track viaduct, with Longxia hosting stabled trains on the middle line. There is noise reduction tubing in this section and then two short tunnel sections puncture the line as it then heads south-east to the current terminus of Olympic Centre which is presently the only underground station on the line. From here, an extension to the airport and beyond the Oujiang is in construction. With an average station gap of 2.8km, this is definitely a suburban metro and the route misses the traditional centre and mainly serves new and developing areas to the south of the main urban area.

Stations
Stations are modern and smart. They are very visible in the city scape with stylish station names located high on the building. Entrances are located at the sides and the ticket area has banks of machines, security and modern ticket gates. The walls and support pillars offer imagery of the local area and add a lovely touch to the bright and airy nature of the buildings. Stairs and escalators lead to the side platforms. These are built for six car trains but only four car trains operate and stop at the leading end of the platform. The platforms are deep and backed by full window exterior walls that provide nice views of the surroundings, and create a light feel. The support pillars have posters with station name in Calligraphic figures and English, although these are small and cant be seen effectively from the train. A smart panel ceiling design (mustard/crème/white) is then topped by metallic ceiling plates with glass panels in the centre, again enhancing the bright feel of the surroundings. There is seating, a schematic map (showing current and future system) and half screens with line strip. These also have a side LCD panel with RTI and other information – very impressive (Ningbo also has these). Wayfinding signage throughout the system is good and there are information leaflets available on fares (Map not included). Station staff are very helpful and friendly.

Service
The CRRC Qingdao trains are D stock type and run in 4 car sets. The exterior is white with black and blue trim. The interior has a mix of side and paired metallic seating with blue and orange trim. There is an electronic strip map and the ceilings have interesting triangular lighting shapes. The trains do not have a schematic map but LCD panels offer information on next stations and behaviour ‘hints’. There is also audio information in Mandarin, English and Wenhzouhua (local, distinctive dialect which is incomprehensible to Mandarin speakers). Trains run quite slowly and there are long dwell times at stations, exaggerated, no doubt, because passenger numbers are not huge. Services run from 0630-2030 at 8min headways. Fares are distance based (2-8 Yuan) and come in the form of a card with graphical representations of iconic buildings in the city.

Summary
Whilst not an intensive, urban service, this Metro development has been really well executed. Nice stock and stylish stations, decent service levels and an interesting alignment. Very enjoyable.

 

 

 

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