160 billion yuan will be injected to boost transport service in Anhui Province in next 5 years, featuring a comprehensive upgrade to the transport system, which covers water, land and air transportation.
More bus hubs to be in service
Total 10 comprehensive bus terminals will be constructed as a priority, including a mega bus hub in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, along with 10 modern logistics centers.
Designed to be built into the largest passenger terminal in Hefei in the future, the mega bus hub is to be built in the first quarter this year, covering an area of 91,666 square meters, which will be capable of handling a daily passenger volume of 35,000 person-trips. The hub will also be a junction of subway, high-speed railway, bus rapid transit(BRT) lines and regular bus lines.
The bus hub is expected to be one of the largest comprehensive bus terminals across the country after completion, linking arteries to other major cities in China, as well as prefecture-level cities in Anhui Province.
Expressways to be rolled out
Up till the year of 2015, the total mileage of expressways in Anhui will amount to 4,200 kilometers, and a network consists of "four vertical and eight horizontal lines" will be formed, which enables all town to be within half an hour ride to expressways.
Port clusters to reshape water transport in Anhui section of Yangtze river
The Anhui section of Yangtze river, spanning over 800 miles, is to see a cluster of ports in next five years, focusing on 2 regional ports of Wuhu-Ma'anshan and Anqing Port.
The distance of navigation channel is estimated to reach 1,500 kilometers, while about 80 productive berths, 100 berths with capacity of 1,000 tons will be added, and the thorough capacity will surpass 500 million tons, with container handling capacity of 1 million TEUs.
A slew of projects including Chaohu Port, Zhengpu Port, reconstruction of Heyu waterway and extension of Wuhu-Shanghai Canal are put on high agenda for the coming five years.
Remote airport terminals underway
After the launch of 5 remote airport terminals in the cities such as Bengbu, Suzhou, Bozhou and so on, another 5 terminals in the cities including Chaohu, Lu'an, Chizhou and Chuzhou are expected to be in service this year, providing "one-stop" aviation service for passengers outside of Hefei.
An air network will be fostered, with Hefei Xinqiao Airport as main air hub, supporting by other airports located in other cities. In the meantime, air routes at home and abroad will be intensified as well.
(By Zha Xuan)