Line 5, Beijing Subway

Line 5, Beijing Subway

Beijing Line


type = Rapid transit
system = Beijing Subway
status = Operational
locale = Beijing, China
start = Tiantongyuan North
end = Songjiazhuang
stations = 23
routes =
ridership =
open = October 7, 2007
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owner =
operator = Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd
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linelength = 27.6 km
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speed = 80 km/h maximum
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Beijing Subway/5

Line 5 of the Beijing Subway, opened October 2007, is Beijing's first north-south subway line. It runs for 27.6 km, in a near straight line, just east of the city centre from Tiantongyuan North in Changping District to Songjiazhuang in Fengtai District.

Description

Route

On a map, Line 5 runs vertically, beginning with three stops in the far northern suburb of Tiantongyuan in Changping District, well beyond the 5th Ring Road, then crossing Line 13 at Lishuiqiao, and entering into the vast residential swaths of Chaoyang District on either side of the Yuan dynasty city wall. At Huixinxijie Nankou station, it links up with Line 10. Further south, it skirts east of the Temple of Earth and meets Line 2 Loop at the Yonghegong, also known as the Lama Temple. Then Line 5 cuts through the old neighborhoods of Dongcheng District and the old foreign Legation Quarter between Dongdan and Chongwenmen. Further south, Line 5 stops at the eastern entrance to the Temple of Heaven in Chongwen District and eventually reaches Songjiazhuang in Fengtai District south of the city. It takes 49 minutes to cover all the 23 stations. The Zhang Zizhong Rd. Station, named after a general martyred in World War Two, is the only eponymous station of the Beijing Subway.

tations

Stations listed from north to south.

Technology

Line 5 is the first subway line in Beijing to have Platform Screen Doors in underground stations and Automatic Platform Gates in elevated stations that prevent riders from falling on to the tracks. Line 5 stations also have LCD screens that display the wait times for the next train. Line 5 trains have digital voice announcements and LCD passenger information display.

History

Construction work on Line 5 got underway in late 2002 and the line opened to the public on October 7, 2007.

Timeline

* December 28, 2002: Construction on Line 5 began. [zh-cn [http://www.szmc.net/06news/pop.jsp?infoID=5575 北京市南北交通大动脉地铁5号线近日将通车] ] .
* March 28, 2004: Underground tunneling started underneath Yonghegong and Hepinglibeijie stations, heralding the start of Line 5 construction in urban Beijing. The underground tunnel would pass the Temple of Heaven.
* May 20, 2004: The underground tunnel between Yonghegong and Zhangzizhonglu stations broke through.
* November 11, 2005: Railway tracks were laid at Huixinxijie Beikou station.
* July 2006: The entire underground railway was completed.
* September 2006: Platform screen doors began installation in Line 5 stations.
* April 2007: Line 5 started trial runs without passengers.
* October 7, 2007, 14:00: Line 5 opened to the public.
* November 23, 2007: Sound insulation were installed on the elevated parts of Line 5 following complaints of excess noise from nearby residents. [zh-cn [http://auto.sina.com.cn/news/2007-11-23/0750328478.shtml 北京地铁5号线补装隔音设备 将低声进入天通苑,新浪网] ]
* July 19, 2008: The entire Huixinxijie Nankou station opens up, including the interchange with Line 10, following the inauguration of Line 10 services.

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