Hangzhou plans to set up a fast-speed metro line connecting two railway stations and downtown with Xiaoshan International Airport, according to Hangzhou Transportation Bureau's official website.
The website reported that Hangzhou Mayor Xu Liyi had received a special report on September 4 about the fast line being linked to West Hangzhou Station, currently under construction, and Xiaoshan International Airport.
The line will also connect with East Hangzhou Railway Station, the main train station for high-speed rail travel in Hangzhou. The maximum speed on the proposed line is likely to be 120 kilometers per hour.
It is expected to be completed before the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, the report said.
Hangzhou Transportation Bureau reported the plan to Party Secretary Zhao Yide on December 1, 2016, with options for a metro, an elevated railway and low-speed Maglev technology.
The meeting on September 4 decided to opt for a fast-speed metro as the line will cross the downtown area. Zhao further assessed two detailed plans for the line in a special meeting on September 7.
The line is believed to be intended to connect the scientific innovation corridor in the city's west with the intelligent manufacturing hub in the east. It will start from West Hangzhou Railway Station, go along Wen'er Road and Wensan Road to East Hangzhou Railway Station, then along Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway to Xiaoshan International Airport.
It is expected to interchange with 12 metro lines, including 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11.
The plan said the metro line would take 45 minutes to carry commuters from West Hangzhou Railway Station to Xiaoshan International Airport. It currently takes more than an hour in a taxi to cover the distance on elevated roads and Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway.
East Hangzhou Railway Station was used last year by an average of 300,000 commuters a day and more than 100 million for the whole year. It was the second-busiest of all high-speed railway stations in China behind Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai.
Also, Xiaoshan International Airport has entered the top 10 list of busiest in China with 30 million passengers, a new landmark for the hub in Xiaoshan District east of the Qiantang River.
Once completed, West Hangzhou Station will be a large hub with links to railway lines, long-distance bus stations, metros and water transport. The railway line from the station will connect with Pudong International Airport and East Shanghai Railway Station in Shanghai. It will also link to Hefei and Huangshan in neighboring Anhui Province, as well as Wenzhou in Zhejiang.