China Releases Plan for Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Transportation Network by 2035

The China State Council released on February 24 the “Outline of the National Comprehensive Three-Dimensional Transportation Network Planning” indicating their transportation program going forward to 2035. According to, the total scale of the physical network will be about 700,000 km. Among them, there are about 200,000 km of railways, about 460,000 km of roads, and about 25,000 km of high-grade waterways. There are 27 major coastal ports, 36 major inland river ports, about 400 civil transportation airports, and about 80 postal express hubs.

The physical line network of the main skeleton of the project has a mileage of about 290,000 km, including 56,000 km of national expressways and 72,000 km of ordinary-speed railways, 61,000 km of national expressways, 72,000 km of ordinary national roads, and 25,000 km of national high-grade waterways.

There will be four main transportation hub clusters, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the Yangtze River Delta, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, and the Chengdu-Chongqing dual-city economic circle. There will also be put into operation 20 international comprehensive transportation hub cities and about 80 national comprehensive transportation hub cities.