The transportation of a city is the foundation of the city’s economic development it is no different for Foshan transportation. It’s also the support and guarantee of any social activities in the city.
In recent years, Foshan has stepped up the construction and improvement of urban transportation facilities and pavements, which is good for promoting economic development.
Foshan’s new highways
On June 2, the official website of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Transportation issued the highway network planning of Guangdong Province (2020-2035) which includes Foshan transportation.
There are 16 new highways mentioned in the planning.
Highway No. 1
from Tianhe, Guangzhou to Lianzhou, Qingyuan (the boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 277 kilometres long.
Highway No. 2
From Baiyun, Guangzhou to Lechang, Shaoguan (the boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 305 km long.
Highway No. 3
From Huangpu, Guangzhou to Lianping, Heyuan (the boundary between Guangdong and Jiangxi), about 256 kilometres long.
Highway No. 4
From Tianhe, Guangzhou to Boluo, Huizhou, about 146 kilometres long.
Highway No. 5
From Nansha, Guangzhou to Longchuan, Heyuan, about 353 kilometres long.
Highway No. 6
From Huangpu, Guangzhou to Nanshan, Shenzhen, about 97 kilometres long.
Highway No. 7
From Haizhu, Guangzhou to Nansha Port, about 65 kilometres long.
Highway No. 8
From Liwan, Guangzhou to Hengqin, Zhuhai, about 120 kilometres long.
Highway No. 9
from Shunde, Foshan to Xiangzhou, Zhuhai, about 107 kilometres long.
Highway No. 10
From Baiyun, Guangzhou to Jiangcheng, Yangjiang, about 181 kilometres long.
Highway No. 11
from Panyu, Guangzhou to Hengqin, Zhuhai, about 229 kilometres long.
Highway No. 12
From Panyu, Guangzhou to Gaoming, Foshan, about 119 kilometres long.
Highway No. 13
From Liwan, Guangzhou to Gaozhou, Maoming (the boundary between Guangdong and Guizhou), about 294 kilometres long.
Highway No. 14
From Huangpu, Guangzhou to Fengkai, Zhaoqing (the boundary between Guangdong and Guijie), about 208 kilometres long.
Highway No. 15
From Liwan, Guangzhou to Huaiji, Zhaoqing (the boundary between Guangdong and Guangxi), about 208 km long.
Highway No. 16
From Baiyun, Guangzhou to Lianzhou, Qingyuan (the boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 290 kilometres long.
Foshan’s 2 new beltways
Beltway No. 1
Guangzhou beltway, with a total length of about 198 kilometres.
Beltway No. 2
Beltway in the Pearl River Delta region. It connects Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, with a total length of about 447 kilometres.
Even more new routes for Guangdong
There will be new routes in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
From 2020 to 2035, the newly-built construction mileage of the province’s highways is about 3260 kilometres.
In 2020, it plans to start 9 new projects of 275 kilometres, with a total investment of about 90.1 billion yuan and a land area of about 2529 hectares.
From 2021 to 2025, 45 new projects of 1837 kilometres are planned to be started, with a total investment of 519.9 billion yuan and a land area of 15448 hectares. It is mainly for the implementation of major projects such as the expansion of arteries in the Pearl River Delta region, cross-river and cross-harbour passages, and provincial channels, as well as the arteries of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area that radiate to the east, west, and north of Guangdong.
New projects such as the Shiziyang Passage, Lianhuashan Passage, Shenzhen-Shantou Second Highway, Huizhou Airport Highway, Foshan-Zhaoqing-Yunfu Highway, Zengcheng-Foshan Highway and other projects will be started.
From 2026 to 2035, about 1156 kilometres of new construction is planned. On the basis of the completion of the main framework of the highway network in the whole province, it mainly organizes the implementation of highway passages, encryption lines and connecting lines between adjacent cities and counties.
In addition, according to the needs of economic, social and traffic development, part of the long-term outlook line will be implemented in advance.
Besides the highways, there’s news from Foshan Metro! By the end of the year, the wait for the peak period of the Guangfo Line will be shortened to 150 seconds!
Ten years ago, because the Guangfo subway was put into use, Foshan became the pioneer of the cross-city subway in the country. The development of Guangfo city was further accelerated, forming a 1-hour life circle.
In the past 10 years, the average daily passenger flow of the Guangzhou-Foshan Metro has jumped from less than 100,000 to nearly 600,000.
The departure interval has been shortened from 8 minutes and 30 seconds at the beginning of the opening to 3 minutes and 35 seconds during the peak period.
Recently, the newly purchased trains of Guangfo Metro have been in place one by one, and some of them have been adjusted and tested. It is expected that by the end of this year, all the new trains will be in place and tested.
The interval between trains will be further shortened. The peak period will reach 2 minutes and 30 seconds, which is nearly 6 minutes shorter than the initial stage.
Foshan will further accelerate the construction and promote the opening and operation of more rail transit projects
Guangfo line, Foshan Metro Line 2 phase I, Foshan Metro Line 3, Guangzhou Metro Line 7 West Extension Shunde section and other projects will gradually build the basic network framework of the city’s urban rail transit, drive the transformation of the city’s traffic structure, and optimize the allocation of traffic resources.
At the same time, some groups in Chancheng, Nanhai and Shunde will have more convenient transportation due to the increase of rail transit projects.
Foshan citizens can also go to Liwan, Haizhu and Guangzhou South Station by subway.
The following 2 subways in Foshan are expected to be operational in 2021
Metro Line 2 is expected to be put into initial operation by the end of 2021.
Guangzhou Metro Line 7 West Extension Shunde section will hopefully operate in the middle of 2021.
Metro in detail
In November 2019, the Guangzhou Municipal Development and Reform Commission announced the “Guangzhou South Railway Station Industry Development Plan (2019-2025).”
The plan proposed that Guangzhou South Railway Station area should be built into a model of national high-speed railway hub integration. Therefore, how to connect to Guangzhou South Railway Station has become one of the key considerations for Foshan’s rail transit.
First of all, the first phase of the Foshan Metro Line 2 project starts from Nanzhuang Station in Chancheng District.
It ends at Guangzhou South Station (the whole line is about 32.4 kilometres long). At present, 16 stations have been capped in 17 stations along the line; 13 shield sections have been double tunnelled in the total 14 shield sections; 3 elevated sections have been erected and connected, and the main construction of Huyong parking lot, Cidu, Huahui Shijie main substation and Wanhua control centre has been completed.
The whole line has completed 53.12 kilometres of track laying, accounting for 55.23% of the total.
The decoration and mechanical and electrical engineering are in orderly progress, and the initial operation is expected to be opened by the end of 2021.
The second is the west extension of Guangzhou Metro Line 7, the Shunde section, which is about 13.45km. Its terminal is also Guangzhou South Railway Station.
At present, 5 in 7 stations in Shunde District are capped, including Chencun station, Lintou station, Beijiao Xincheng Station, Nanchong station and Meidi Dadao station.
This line is expected to put into operation in the middle of 2021.
Foshan transportation facts!
In 2019, 43.59 million passengers were transported by road and waterway transportation throughout the year. 43.3 million were transported by road and 287200 by water.
In 2019, the annual cargo throughput of major ports reached 96.3627 million tons, with an increase of 7.4% over the previous year.
The port container throughput was 4.4388 million TEU (international standard containers), with an increase of 11.1%.
Foshan Shadi Airport is located in the northwest of Foshan City, adjacent to Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Kaiping and other large and medium-sized cities.
Foshan Shadi Airport is a military-civilian dual-use airport. There are regular flights between Beijing Nanyuan Airport, and to Pudong, Shanghai. From December 2014, routes from Foshan to Ordos, Yulin, Haikou and Chongqing were successively opened.
Metro fare in Foshan: 2 yuan for 0 to 4 kilometers; + 1 yuan for every additional 4 kilometers; + 1 yuan for every 6 kilometers between 12 to 24 kilometers; + 1 yuan for every 8 kilometers after 24 kilometers.
The first metro line in Foshan City is Guangfo line.
The section from Kuiqi Lu Station to Xilang Station was opened in 2010, and the Xilang Station to Yangang Station was opened at the end of 2014.
The second phase (Quiqi Lu Station to Xincheng East Station) was opened at the end of 2016, and the section from Yangang Station to Lijiao Station was opened at the end of 2018.
The plans for the construction of Metro Line 2 and Metro Line 3 have been approved by the State Council, with a total investment of 49.81 billion yuan.
The bus companies in Foshan are mainly Yueyun Bus, Foguang Bus, Shunde Bus, Xinli Bus, Hengtong Bus, Hongyun Bus, Hongming Bus, Guangming Bus, Sanshui Yunfa Bus, Guohong Bus. The fare varies from 2 to 16 yuan.
There are many taxi companies in Foshan, including Foqi Group Corporation, Shun An Da, Xin Xie Li, Foguang Transportation, etc.,
Starting price: 10 yuan/2.5 kilometers; mileage price: 2.8 yuan/km; waiting time fee: 0.6 yuan / minute for vehicles traveling at a speed less than or equal to 12km/h (including stopping); at night (23:00-5:00 the next day) 15% of the starting price and mileage price will be charged.
Foshan already has a comprehensive public bicycle rental system and has multiple stations in the city.
Citizens in Chancheng, Guicheng and Daliang, Shunde can rent and return bikes in those self-service stations.