People’s Republic of China: Chongqing–Lichuan Railway Development Project

Evaluation Document | 28 December 2016

The project was part of the shortest east–west corridor linking Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan, Yichang, and other major cities and ports in the east to Chongqing and Chengdu in the west in the People's Republic of China. Its proposed alignment was 369 km shorter than the existing route between Shanghai and Chengdu. The project was to traverse Hubei province and Chongqing municipality and to connect with the Shanghai–Wuhan–Yichang–Lichuan line in the east, the Chongqing–Huaihua line in the center, the proposed Lanzhou–Chongqing and Xi’an–Chongqing main lines in the north, the Chongqing–Chengdu line in the west, and the Chongqing-Kunming line in the south.

The project’s envisaged impact was an improved transport system in the Shanghai–Chengdu corridor that would support socioeconomic development and the government’s Western Development Strategy. Its anticipated outcome was an efficient, safe, reliable, affordable, and environment-friendly railway transport system in the region.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Successful.