Deep­est sub­way sta­tion in works

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By TAN YINGZI in Chongqing tany­ingzi@chi­

Chongqing is about to break its own record for the deep­est sub­way sta­tion in China.

The south­west­ern city, lo­cated in an area criss­crossed by rivers and moun­tains, is build­ing train plat­forms 94.46 me­ters un­der­ground as part of the on­go­ing ex­ten­sion of the Chongqing Metro net­work.

Hong­tudi sta­tion, which opened on Line 6 in De­cem­ber 2014, was al­ready the coun­try’s deep­est sta­tion at 60 me­ters be­low ground. Now, it is be­ing pushed even deeper to con­nect with Line 10, which is un­der con­struc­tion.

The ex­ten­sion, which is sched­uled to open by the end of the year, will have high­speed el­e­va­tors that drop 78.8 me­ters — about 26 sto­ries — an­other na­tional record, ac­cord­ing to the city’s trans- por­ta­tion au­thor­i­ties.

Ninety-one es­ca­la­tors, China’s largest es­ca­la­tor net­work, will be in­stalled to move pas­sen­gers be­tween lines 6 and 10 and the sur­face.

To en­ter or leave Hong­tudi 15 sec sta­tion now, peo­ple need to take es­ca­la­tors with a 30-de­gree in­cline on a jour­ney last­ing three min­utes and 15 sec­onds. The al­ter­na­tive is a stair­well with 354 steps.

Chen Limei, 30, a tourist from Hu­nan prov­ince, said she finds the sta­tion “mag­i­cal”.

“It’s the first time I’ve taken such a long es­ca­la­tor, and it seems never-end­ing, one af­ter an­other,” she said. “It would be very in­ter­est­ing if we could take a slide from the top.”

Some pas­sen­gers com­plained that it wastes time to take such a long jour­ney.

“These es­ca­la­tors are too long and slow, and the trip takes too much time,” said a man sur­named Liu, 24.

The ex­pan­sion of Hong­tudi sta­tion will make it one of the deep­est in the world. The world’s deep­est sub­way sys­tem is said to be the Py­ongyang Metro in Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea, which has tracks more than 110 me­ters un­der­ground.

Arse­nalna sta­tion on the Kiev Metro’s Svi­atoshyn­skoBrovarska Line in Ukraine is 105.5 me­ters be­low the sur­face. Com­muters have to take two es­ca­la­tors to the bot­tom, which takes up to five min­utes.

The Ad­mi­ralteyskaya sta­tion in Rus­sia’s St. Peters­burg Metro sys­tem is 86 me­ters be­low ground.

Chongqing also boasts the high­est over­pass in the coun­try, at 72 me­ters. From win­dows on the 22nd floor of a nearby build­ing, peo­ple can look across at the over­pass and see the traf­fic.

Depth of the train plat­form at Hong­tudi sta­tion on Chongqing Metro’s Line 10 Cur­rent time for pas­sen­gers to en­ter or leave Hong­tudi sta­tion, which is 60 me­ters un­der­ground.

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