Wuhan Metro (武汉地铁)

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The Wuhan Metro serves the city of Wuhan, capital of the province of Hubei, in central China.

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Fares: Minimum fare ¥ 2.—; distance-based fare system.
This system supports the Wuhan Tong smartcard.

LINES

Current lines in service:

  • Line 1: Hankou North – Dongwu Boulevard
  • Line 2: Jinyintan – Optics Valley Square
  • Line 4: Wuhan Railway Station – Huangjinkou

IN THE WORKS

The current 202 km (126 mile) network is being expanded to a future grand total of 820 km (512 ½ miles). Over the next few years, the follow lines are to enter service:

  • Line 2: Optics Valley Square – Optics Valley 1st Road
  • Line 3: Hongtu Avenue – Zhuanyang Avenue
  • Line 5: Fuxing Road – Wuhan Railway Station
  • Line 6: Huanhu West Road – Sports Centre South
  • Line 7: Oriental Equestrian Centre – Yezhi Lake
  • Line 8: Sanjintan Depot – Liyuan
  • Line 11 East: Optics Valley (Guanggu) Railway Station – Zuoling New Town

HISTORY

Wuhan’s Metro was early in the making — at least on paper. It secretively made its debut in air-raid protection plans back in 1979, and it came out as a more public kind of system in 1996, when it was being planned. The system took a while to become reality — mostly due to a lack of funding and difficulty in planning and drilling tunnels under the Yangtse — but it finally became reality on 28 July 2004, when a 10 km (6 mile) stretch from Huangpu Road to Zongguan was opened on Line 1. Line 1 was then further extended, once in 2006 to Taipingyang station, then again in 2010, when it became a 28.87 km (18 mile) line running from Dongwu Boulevard to Tijiao. (Line 1 would get another extension on 28 May 2014, when the esxtension to Hankou North opened.)

Line 2 was the long-awaited connection to a national railway station, and that opened up on 28 December 2012, when the almost 28 km (17 ½ mile) long line opened from Jinyintan via Hankou Railway Station to Optics Valley Square.

Line 4 next opened up in two stages, first linking the two railway stations of Wuhan and Wuchang together on 28 December 2013, then extending services to Huangjinkou on 28 December 2014. These added 33 km (20 ½ miles) to the network.

The future of the network in this veritable Chinese megalopolis calls for a grand total of 1,045 km (653 miles) as a final figure, to be spread over 25 lines. 400 km (250 mi) of this network will be reality by 2020. the next additions will be Line 3, Lines 5 through 8, Lines 11 and 21, and the Airport Line. This will make it just 5 km (3 miles) shy of Beijing’s 2020 network, dwarfing the London Underground.