It is one of the mammoth projects in the Pearl River Delta, where Southern Chinese cities are competing to remake themselves.
Among those, the grand plan of Guangdong’s Foshan city is to use 104km of metro links to string all the townships and areas together from north to south and east to west. Arup is the lead consultant to study the feasibility of such Transit Oriented Development (TOD).
With 52 stations strategically dotted across this Cantonese city, these nodes of transport will not only be places for people to transit from home to work or vice versa. Arup plans around each station and propose various models and land uses to fit local needs. By introducing public transport and channelling pedestrian flow towards the station areas, this should ease clogged traffic and even enhance land value by attracting investments to these new town centres.
Specifically, Foshan Transit Line 2 is a 32km long east-west connection with 17 stations that can transfer people all the way from Guangzhou South Express Rail Station to Nanzhuang, whereas Line 3 is a 74km long north-south link with 35 stations that begins at Guangzhou University way down to Shunde district.
104km in total including 2 new transit line
17 stations along the 32km long Line 2 connecting from East to West
35stations along the 74km long Line 3 connecting North to South
Arup’s scope of service include city planning, site selection, land value optimisation, property market research and financial modelling in financing infrastructure investment with land and property development.