• Jan Kot

Guangzhou’s transport ambition: 14 high-speed railway stations, 2000km subway track

Already home to Asia’s largest high-speed railway hub, Guangzhou has ambitions to become a transportation gateway to far more than the already sprawling Guangzhou South station.

On January 2, China's provincial capital released its plan for the future of its transportation networks, outlining the city’s goal to build a total of 14 high-speed train stations by 2035. This will enable passengers to travel from the city center to anywhere in the suburbs with 30 minutes and from Guangzhou to other cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area in 60 minutes.

This vision further demonstrates Guangzhou’s determination to be a national transportation center, a position already approved by the State Council.

The latest release of the strategic masterplan for the development of the transportation network has seen continuous fine-tuning in Guangzhou’s gateway positioning. The network, which was previously referred to as “an important national comprehensive transportation hub,” was later noted more recently as “an international comprehensive transportation hub,” and is now being called “a globally important comprehensive transportation hub.”

Utilizing big data

According to the Guangzhou Planning and Natural Resources, this transportation masterplan was not drafted at random or haphazardly. The plan was created based on a trove of data collected over the past three decades, including data from traffic flow of the city’s 656 road sections and 2,144 toll gates, logistic tracking for 50,000 land parcels, five million public transportation smart cards, subway entry and exit details, as well as 4.8 million passenger vehicles and trucks on highways.

Guangzhou as well as the country’s national railway ticketing information were also taken into account in building the transportation model, together with analysis of 200 national airports’ passenger flow, migrating movements among cities, mobility data and car speed data of 25 million mobile phone users and 50 million Tencent users.

Therefore, the final development model takes into account the transportation requirements and needs of passengers not only in Guangzhou itself, but also its relation to and the needs of those in neighboring cities of Foshan, Dongguan and the Greater Bay Area at large.

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