The Shanghai Metro connects the city’s Disney park – with a SYSTRA U-viaduct
16 June 2016

The Shanghai Metro connects the city’s Disney park – with a SYSTRA U-viaduct

16 June 2016 sees the opening of the new Disney theme park in Shanghai. To get there, tourists and Chinese visitors can use Metro Line 11, which has been extended to serve it, using a 7.4km U-shaped viaduct, designed by SYSTRA.

The U-type viaduct, a speciality of the SYSTRA Group, has proved, yet again, the solution of choice for the Shanghai metro. After having designed the longest metro line in the world running on this type of viaduct, the 59km-long Line 16, SYSTRA was also commissioned to design the new “Disney” line: the extension to Line 11. This extension was opened to the public in March, with the theme park itself opening its doors in June.

For this project, SYSTRA carried out the design of the “U” beams, piers and standard headers for 7.4km of viaduct, in order to make the connection to the new “Disney” terminus. The project provides two new stations built on viaducts, and one underground. The challenge was to create a design tailored to the specific needs of the line (route, system integration, gauge, etc.), within the constraint of minimizing the effects on Line 16; in fact, in order to control costs and construction time, all equipment and prefabrication plants used on Line 16 have been reused for Line 11.

The “Disney” line brings to 60 the number of kilometres of “SYSTRA U-viaduct” constructed for the Shanghai metro network. Line 17 and phase III of Line 8, for which SYSTRA has also been commissioned to design U-type constructions, are expected to enter service in 2017. Currently one of the longest networks in the world, the Shanghai Metro spans 617km and has 16 lines, serving 366 stations. By 2020, Shanghai’s ambition is to operate some 18 lines, 509 stations, and over 800km of track.

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