High speed rail link planned for two Shanghai’s airports

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CHINA: A new rail link will cut the journey between Shanghai’s two international airports to as little as 30 minutes, Sun Jianping, chief of the Shanghai Transport Commission told Shanghai Daily.

Sun was speaking at the 12th Shanghai committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

According to him options under consideration are an “express Metro” link and a railway line between Hongqiao and Pudong airports.

Sun said a faster link needs to be ready within five years. However, he gave no timetable.

Currently, the two airports are linked by either Metro Line 2 all the way or splitting the journey between Line 2 and the high-speed Maglev which runs between Longyang Road station and Pudong airport.

The trip can take 90 minutes and means changing train.

Last year, the Shanghai Airport Authority unveiled plans for a 60km airport link, with stops including Shanghai South Railway Station, Longyang Road Station and Disneyland.

A similar plan announced by the Shanghai Railway Bureau also includes the construction of major new station, Shanghai East Railway Station.