“ Promoting Huizhou Become a Coastal City through “丰 (Feng)”-shaped Transportation Framework”

Huizhou Transportation Planning and Construction by Liu Ji, Mayor of Huizhou and Deputy to the Provincial People’s Congress

(America Commercial News) January 16, in the morning, the Third Session of the 13th Provincial People’s Congress held a press conference on the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Liu Ji, Mayor of Huizhou and Deputy to the Provincial People’s Congress, said at the conference that Huizhou is pushing forward the planning and construction of the “丰 (Feng)”-shaped transportation framework. It plans to integrate airports, ports, highways, high-speed rails and intercity railways to form a modern three-dimensional transportation network of “land, sea and air” where land and sea, east and west, and north and south are highly interconnected. Huizhou will build into a coastal city from the riverside one and underpin the development of opening-up in the next 100 years. 

Looking at the world-class bay areas, a good transportation network is the precondition for the revitalization of bay area cities.  Situated in the east of Greater Bay Area, with Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan in the west, Shanwei and Heyuan in the east and Shaoguan in the north, Huizhou is the hub of Greater Bay Area connecting the east and north of Guangdong, Fujian and Jiangxi.  “Huizhou hopes to give full play to its comparative advantages, firmly seize such important opportunities as “dual-area drive” and make contributions to the construction of a rapid transportation system in Greater Bay Area.” Liu Ji said. The municipal party Committee and the municipal government took 10 months to plan the open “丰 (feng)”-shaped transportation framework, changing the traditional self-centric close-loop transportation architecture.

Liu Ji, Mayor of Huizhou and Deputy to the Provincial People’s Congress

It is reported that “丰(feng)”-shaped transportation framework consists of “three horizontal lines and one vertical line”, with the first “horizontal line” connecting Guangzhou (Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City) to form a riverside transportation axis that radiates northeast Guangdong; the second “horizontal line” linking Dongguan (Songshan Lake) to form a central transportation axis that radiates Heyuan and Shanwei; the third “horizontal line” connecting Shenzhen (Qianhai) and Hong Kong to form an east-west transportation axis that radiates Shen-Shan Special Cooperation Zone and eastern Guangdong; and one “vertical line” hinging the central urban area and Huizhou Bay, to promote the interconnection of land and sea, river and sea and form a north-south transportation axis to boost Huizhou become a coastal city from a riverside one.

In terms of regional location and economic development,  Huizhou is situated in the juncture between the Pearl River Delta and East Guangdong. Through building the traffic axis connecting “three horizontal lines and one vertical line”, Huizhou has made active contribution to driving the economy of surrounding areas of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the pilot demonstration areas, and enhancing the interconnectivity between core cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and Northeast Guangdong. In the work report of the People’s Government of Huizhou, Shenzhen was mentioned 13 times, the Greater Bay Area 9 times, Guangzhou 6 times, Hong Kong 4 times, and Dongguan 3 times. This indicates that under the background of “Dual-area Drive” , Huizhou has been committed to achieving first-class goals, meeting the development needs for the next decade and even for a longer term, and building roads leading to developed areas and the origins of capital and talents.

Through the implementation of the main traffic framework connecting “three horizontal lines and one vertical line” (丰 (feng)-shaped),  Huizhou aims to improve the traffic network and more importantly to drive the development of industries along the traffic lines.  It is said that the corridors of Huizhou’s main traffic framework are between 300 meters and 500 meters in width. Apart from roads and greenways, the land for industrial development integrating high-end elements and resources and that for public service facilities is mainly distributed. Moreover, land use is strictly controlled for intensive development and cluster development. Huizhou’s main traffic framework connects offshore industrial parks and platforms such as the petrochemical zone of the Daya Bay Area, East Huizhou New Materials Industrial Park, and Renping Peninsula, comprehensively driving the development of industrial parks along the lines, fully releasing the potentials of land use, and creating new economic growth points to facilitate Huizhou to get on the fast lane of high quality development.

Liu Ji said that in order to speed up the construction of the main traffic framework, Huizhou has established a leading work group led by Li Yiwei,  Secretary of the Huizhou Municipal Party Committee, and the Front Line Work Command Division to coordinate and promote project construction.  The construction of the south and north axis (No. 1 Highway) began at the end of last year.  “In next move, Huizhou will make collective efforts to promote the construction of the main traffic framework and build it into a first-class project that can be durable and qualified to the demands of people. Our ultimate goal is to provide strong driving force tobuild Huizhou into a first-class city in China.”

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