Fuzhou Metro is a new rapid rail transit system under construction in the city of Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, China. The metro rail system will be operated by Fuzhou City Subway Co. The first two lines of the Fuzhou Metro are estimated to cost $2.5bn.

The first line of Fuzhou Metro is scheduled to open for passengers in the first half of 2016.

Fuzhou Metro project details

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved the Fuzhou rapid rail transit construction plan (2009-2016) in June 2009, for the construction of two lines with a total length of 55.7km.

“The first line of Fuzhou Metro is scheduled to open for passengers in the first half of 2016.”

The 29.2km-long Line 1 as a north-south line runs through the central city and is divided into two sections. The 24.89km-long first section originates at Xiangfeng and terminates at Fuzhou South Railway Station, and includes 21 under ground stations.

The 4.31km-long second section with three new stations at Nanhu, Haixia Center and East New Town will connect the eastern part of the city. Seven stations on Line 1 will serve as transfer stations.

The feasibility study for Line 2 was approved by the NDRC in November 2012. The Line 2 will have a length of 26.5km and will pass through 22 stations.

Line 3 will be approximately 35.4km-long and feature 29 new stations. The construction plan for the second phase of Fuzhou Metro, including lines 4, 5 and 6 was approved by the NDRC in December 2015.

Line 4 will be 39.2km-long with 28 stations. Line 5 will be 37.7km-long with 28 stations and is expected to open for passengers by 2020. Line 6 will link the south-east of the city with Fuzhou Changle International Airport over a length of 38.5km and have 19 stations.

The Fuzhou Metro network plan also covers the construction of three more lines, which are yet to be approved by the NDRC.

Construction

The phased construction began on Line 1 with the start of relocation works in 2010. The first and second phases of Line 1 were completed by the end of 2015 with test run commencing on 30 December 2015.

Construction of Line 2 is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in 2016. The works on Line 4 are expected to begin in 2017 and are scheduled for completion by 2021. Lines 5 and 6 are scheduled to complete in 2010 and 2019 respectively.

Rolling stock for Fuzhou Metro

In early 2014, CRRC Tangshan was contracted to supply 28 six-car Model-B train-sets for Line 1. The aluminium-bodied trains are capable of operating at a maximum speed of 80km/h.

The standard train-set configuration with six cars offers a maximum passenger capacity of 1,460, including 256 seated. The metro cars receive electricity from 1.5kV DC overhead wires.

Contractors involved

Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group provided design consultation for Lines 1 and 2, and was involved in the project survey, external audit of construction drawings and survey supervision for Line 2.

Guangzhou Metro Design & Research Institute, China Railway 17th Bureau Group, Yao Fujian Construction Engineering and China Railway First Group were involved in the development and construction of Line 1.

China Communications Construction Company was awarded a $1.18bn build-transfer (BT) contract for the construction of Line 2 in November 2014.

Airbus Defence and Space was selected to provide TETRA (terrestrial trunked radio) technology, including next-generation DXT3 switch, base stations, dispatcher workstation controllers and terminals for Line 1 of Fuzhou Metro in March 2015.