Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has commissioned the 14.8km Phase II East Section of Beijing Metro Line 14 to serve commuters in the Chinese capital.
The second phase of the Metro Line 14 will serve 12 stations from Shangezhuang to Jintailu, with the trains currently operating at only ten stations with Gaojiayuan and Chaoyang Park to be opened later.
MTR chief executive officer Lincoln Leong said: "The safe, reliable and convenient metro service provided by Beijing MTR currently serves approximately 1.3 million passengers a day on Line 4, the Daxing Line and Phase I of Line 14."
Beijing MTR recently also signed a letter of intent for an additional line, Line 16, with the Beijing Municipal Government.
Beijing MTR, which also runs Beijing Metro Line 4 and the Daxing Line extension, is a joint venture between MTR and Beijing Capital Group, with each of them holding a 49% share, while Beijing Infrastructure Investment holds the remaining 2%.
Work on the $8bn public-private partnership (PPP) project began in 2010. Beijing Infrastructure Investment and the Beijing MTR were also tasked with the delivery of electrical and mechanical systems and rolling stock, as well as operation and maintenance services for the line for 30 years.
Beijing MTR general manager Richard Wong said: "The 12.4km Phase I of Line 14 opened in May 2013 and patronage has been growing steadily.
"The Phase II East Section will help ease traffic congestion in the eastern part of the city."
When fully operational in 2016, the Beijing Metro Line 14 will cover an overall distance of 47.3km with 37 stations from Zhangguozhuang in southern Fengtai District to Shangezhuang in the eastern Chaoyang District, via Chaoyang Park and the Wangjing central business district.
Image: Beijing MTR’s first phase of Beijing Metro Line 14 serves seven stations from Zhangguozhuang Station to Xiju Station. Photo: courtesy of MTR Corporation.