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Traffic links help regional integration in Yangtze River Delta

Updated: Jul 26,2018 4:51 PM

China’s Yangtze Delta Region has been developing its traffic to boost regional prosperity.

The Yangtze River Delta boasts the longest operating mileage and the most densely knit high-speed rail lines in the country. Of the 41 cities above prefecture level in the Yangtze Delta, the high-speed railways are available in 34, and six others are building high-speed railways.

“The expressway network brings convenience. The completion of this expressway is significant to the integration of Yangzhou into the northwest region of the Yangtze Delta,” said Yin Deming, the deputy director of Yangzhou City Transportation Bureau.

Thanks to the transportation network, Hangzhou Bay New Area in Yangtze River Delta has now attracted fourteen Fortune 500 companies. The total value of industrial production has doubled in three years, and the total amount of capital for investment in the past ten years has exceeded 350 billion yuan ($52 billion).

Convenient transportation and flourishing industries also draw more talents to stay.

“We have now attracted about 50,000 talents. They are mostly young people who come from all parts of the country,” said Zhang Weidong, director of Shanghai-Ningbo Cooperation Office.

Besides, the coordinated development of civil aviation is also underway. Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui have a total of sixteen airports. Passenger throughout Shanghai’s airports topped 110 million last year. According to conservative estimates, this figure will hit 180 or even 190 million by 2035.

“Through the coordination of the civil aviation sector in the Yangtze River Delta, we are tackling many problems,” said Jiang Huaiyu, the director of East China Regional Admin at China Civil Aviation, “there is much we can do in coordination and optimization to meet the needs of world-class urban agglomerations in the Yangtze River Delta for the development of air transport.”