It was quite a wait — which took over a year — but finally, Tianjin’s Line 2 has been opened up in full. The opening on 28 August 2013 meant travellers can now go direct from the Airport Economic Area station (the temporary terminus of Line 2 in the east) straight to Caozhuang (in the west) without having to change trains.
A problem on 6 May 2011 resulted in delays due to an accident at the Jianguodao station work site. All of Line 2 (except for the problem parts) opened on 1 July 2012, but Jianguodao station was skipped and trains ended either at Dongnanjiao (for the western part) or the main Tianjin Railway Station (for the eastern part).
Passengers can now change between all of Lines 2, 3 and 9 at the Tianjin Railway Station, where trains depart heading in five different directions, making it a real interchange hub.