A Historic Moment in Transportation
After the resumption of work, the traffic infrastructure has made good progress. As for railways, workers for Jinhua-Taizhou Railway began to pave the tracks, aiming to open the line at the end of this year. The second phase of Hangzhou-Wenzhou Railway has been permitted and the early stages of the work have commenced. As for highways, the Xin’anjiang Bridge project successfully achieved the goal to allow for cars to drive from both sides, paving the way for the opening of Jiande-Jinhua Highway at the end of 2020. Jinhua-Wuyi Expressway has gone through the most difficult construction phase and is expected to open in October this year, ahead of schedule. As for aviation, Jinhua has five Class A general airports included in the province’s new planning. The urban area in Jinhua will also lay out a general airport.
This gives an impression that the seemingly slow progress of some projects has been speeding up, either to start working or aiming to open. In early April, the work group of Shanghai-Kunming Railway has started their geological exploration in the outskirts of Jinhua.
An important reason for the focus on transportation is that after the outbreak of COVID-19, it is time to restore the economy. Zhejiang is also an area to demonstrate well-developed transportation. Therefore, investment in infrastructure has been given importance.
Improving Railway Lines
To build a national comprehensive transportation hub requires an opening up of the external channels to all dimensions and integration into the national transportation network in all aspects. The fastest way is to improve the railway, especially the high-speed rail. A three-year plan to improve the rail network has been made.
Improving Road Network
Jinhua also needs a comprehensive road network as well. At present, the total road mileage in Jinhua ranked 4th in the province.
Experts from the transportation hub office of Jinyi Urban District pointed out that among four urban centers of Zhejiang, Hangzhou, Ningbo, and Wenzhou have already built international airports with an annual passenger throughput of more than 10 million, which left Jinyi Urban District to be the one with less aviation capacity. To construct a national integrated transport hub, Jinhua should have an airport with adequate capacity.
Actually, Yiwu Airport has been open for many years, and has opened flights to Beijing, Guangzhou and 17 other cities and to five other countries (or regions), including Bangkok. In January last year, a freight flight to Seoul was newly opened. However, a survey shows that 70% of the locals prioritize airports in Hangzhou or Shanghai when they travel by air. (By Xu Chaohui – Jinhua Daily, translated by Lin Yuqin, edited by Mariam Ayad)