MTR Corp wins to operate new Beijing metro
Updated: 2006-04-15 14:55
The four-decade-long government controlled Beijing metro system will first
pass administration rights to non-governmental investors, with Hong Kong railway
operator MTR Corp. winning 30-year operation of a new Beijing metro line.
Hong Kong MTR Corp signed an agreement this week in Beijing to build and
operate a new Beijing rail line, Beijing Metro Line 4, for an investment of 735
million yuan (91.8 million U.S. dollars), China Securities Journal reported on
According to the agreement, Hong Kong MTR Corp will undertake
construction of major equipment for the Beijing Metro Line 4, including the
trains, signals, and telecommunication service, and will operate the line in
next 30 years.
The total investment in the project will be about 15.3
billion yuan (1.9 billion dollars), and the Beijing municipal government will
provide 70 percent of the total investment, with the rest invested by
According to the agreement, the project will
be carried out through a joint venture, Beijing MTR Corp. Ltd., jointly held by
Hong Kong MTR Corp., Beijing Infrastructure Investment Co. and state-owned
Beijing Capital Group.
MTR Corp. and Beijing Capital Group will each
hold 49 percent of the project. The remaining two percent will be held by
Beijing Infrastructure, the agreement said.
The 29-kilometer metro line runs
across the center of Beijing, linking the city's south and north.
is the first time for Beijing to invite an non-governmental investor to operate
its monopoly metro line system. The project is also the first one in China to
invite the Public-private partnerships (PPPs) model in urban transport
The move is viewed as an essential step in the reform of
Beijing's investment system in infrastructure construction, analyst said.
Starting in 1965 when Beijing began construction of its first metro line
to today's 114-kilometer-long metro lines in service, Beijing is always
suffering from capital shortage in metro construction.
Beijing municipal government said that Beijing plans to build 260 kilometers new
urban track lines by the year 2015, which will need a total investment of 100
billion yuan (12.5 billion dollars).
The huge capital demand will force
Beijing to further reform its investment system in metro line construction.
Sources said Beijing will further open door to domestic and overseas investors
for the construction of future metro lines.