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June 23, 2013

World Bank funds Nanchang urban rail project in China

The World Bank has provided a loan of $250m to support the development of an urban rail line in Nanchang, China.

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The World Bank has provided a loan of $250m to support the development of an urban rail line in Nanchang, China.

The project is intended to help Nanchang create a better mass rapid transit system along the Line 2 corridor from ZhanQianNanDaDao Station to XinJiaAn Station.

The funds from the World Bank will be used for the construction and equipment of Line 2, and will also provide for technical assistance and capacity building to improve ridership levels and increase land value around stations.

World Bank senior infrastructure specialist Gerald Ollivier said that the development of an urban rail line is a major responsibility in any city.

"Making sure it will achieve its goals requires careful attention to coordinating land use planning with the transport network, integrating the new line with other transport modes like buses, providing good access to the stations by pedestrians and bicycles, preparing comprehensive urban rail financing plans and ridership analysis," Ollivier said.

"On all these aspects, Nanchang Municipality and the Nanchang Urban Rail Company reviewed international experience as part of project preparation and reflected relevant lessons in the project design," Ollivier added.

The project has four components; the first is the construction of the 23.78km Line 2 and related infrastructure, which will link western and eastern Nanchang.

"The project is intended to help Nanchang create a better mass rapid transit system along the Line 2 corridor from ZhanQianNanDaDao Station to XinJiaAn Station."

Line 2 will start from the Line 2 depot, go through the ZhanQianNanDaDao Station in southwest Nanchang, run along the west bank of the Gan river to Chunhui road, Yangming road and XinJiaAn station in southeast Nanchang.

The line will be served by 21 stations, which will be built underground, connected by tunnels.

The second component of the line will include the delivery of rolling stock, power supply, control system, signalling system, communication system, monitoring system, fare collection system, safety and security system.

Work will also involve the supply of a ventilation and air conditioning system, water supply, sewerage and fire protection system and station auxiliary equipment.

The third component includes design, construction management and technical assistance provided to the project.

Under the fourth component, land acquisition and resettlement costs, construction site preparation and other project-related construction costs such as engineering will be carried out.

Operations on Line 2 are scheduled to commence before the end of 2017.

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