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China, People's Republic of: Multimodal Passenger Hub and Railway Maintenance Project

Sovereign (Public) Project | 42019-014 Status: Active

The proposed project aims to assist China Railway Corporation (CRC) in developing modern, energy efficient and sustainable transport solutions in South Western People's Republic

of China (PRC). The project will assist CRC in developing a demonstration multimodal hub in Xichang, improve maintenance systems by introducing modern maintenance equipment and institutional capacity building and training.

Project Details

Project Officer
Miller, Jeffrey M. East Asia Department Request for information
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Transport
Project Name Multimodal Passenger Hub and Railway Maintenance Project
Project Number 42019-014
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3797-PRC: Multimodal Passenger Hub and Railway Maintenance Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 120.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport / Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements

The proposed project aims to assist China Railway Corporation (CRC) in developing modern, energy efficient and sustainable transport solutions in South Western People's Republic

of China (PRC). The project will assist CRC in developing a demonstration multimodal hub in Xichang, improve maintenance systems by introducing modern maintenance equipment and institutional capacity building and training.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The railway subsector is vital to the economic and social development of the PRC, its international trade, continued economic growth, intercity connectivity, and ability to extend the benefits of development to people living in the more remote regions of the country. The PRC is a vast country where people and goods move over long distances and railways provide the most economic means of transport.

Despite its impressive growth in recent years, the railway transport capacity is still unable to satisfy the needs of domestic and freight transportation. This constrains economic growth,

particularly in the poorer land-locked south-western region.

Railway development has lagged in the south-western region owing to the highly mountainous terrain which makes railway construction very difficult and challenging. The existing

line connecting the capital cities of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces was constructed in 1970. When completed, CKRL will improve the competitiveness of local products, enhance tourism development, and support urbanization.

South Western PRC has good economic complementarities with Southeast and South Asian countries, and bilateral trade is growing rapidly. The development of this railway line is a major initiative for this region and ADB is already providing assistance for developing the safety aspects on this line. PRC further needs assistance in ensuring that the line is properly integrated with other transport modes through well designed multimodal hubs and its sustainability is ensured by having an improved maintenance system in place.

In PRC, the new railway stations often do not satisfy the needs of the passengers. These are often located far from city centers and are not well integrated with the city transport systems. Thus, while the new railway lines will facilitate faster intercity travel, the stations also need to be efficiently linked to the existing city with well-designed multimodal transport infrastructure and high-quality integrated public transport services. This will enhance the quality of the journey experience for passengers and will encourage increased use of public transport. This will ensure a reduction in transport costs, increase travel opportunities and regional accessibility to jobs and services, and promote economic development and poverty reduction.

The government also recognizes that better integration between railways and other transport modes is important in creating an efficient transport system. A key challenge is to improve multimodal connections between railway passenger services and urban passenger transport at railway stations in medium sized and large cities. The multimodal hub can serve as the focal point for integration of various transport modes and provide seamless connectivity between and within cities, convenient passenger travel experience, and energy efficient building technology.

Railway stations or multimodal hubs play a crucial role in facilitating a good travel experience for passengers. Multimodal interchange hubs are vital for achieving sustainable transport systems. They stitch together different modes of transport and serve as the gateway to mobility and greater accessibility. A well-designed hub can significantly enhance the overall journey experience of passengers. The new line will include 18 railway stations or multimodal hubs. One important hub on this line will be developed in Xichang city which has a population of about 775,000. It is rich in agriculture products and food processing industries, is also one of the centers of the PRC's space satellite program and is a famous tourism city drawing large numbers of domestic tourists every year. Developing Xichang into a well-designed multimodal hub could have a huge demonstration impact for the region.

Impact Sustainable railway system in south western PRC developed.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Integrated, energy efficient and sustainable railway corridor in Sichuan province developed.
Progress Toward Outcome This will be assessed at project completion.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Multimodal Hub developed.

Railway maintenance improved.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Not yet started.
Geographical Location Xichang
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project's categorization mainly reflects the environmental impact associated with the construction of Xichang multimodal passenger station. The initial environmental examination (IEE) complies with ADB's policies and requirements, including ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement, and identifies potential adverse impacts. During construction, such risks would include (i) soil erosion, (ii) construction noise and dust affecting local residents, (iii) inappropriate storage of construction materials and wastes, and (iv) safety of construction workers. During operation, limited adverse impacts are anticipated, except for noise because of increased travelers. The IEE concludes that those impacts can be mitigated through the implementation of the environmental management plan, which specifies mitigation measures, monitoring requirements, and institutional responsibilities for ensuring proper environmental management throughout the project's construction and operation. The executing agency has considerable experience with previous ADB and World Bank projects. Both the executing and implementing agencies are committed to managing the identified environmental risks and have agreed on a comprehensive set of mitigation measures and a training program with a strong emphasis on environment safeguards. The IEE was posted on the ADB website. Environment safeguard documents were disclosed to the affected people. Potential environmental complaints or disputes will be handled in accordance with the grievance redress mechanism established for the project. A rapid climate risk assessment concludes that climate risk is medium, and the most significant risk to the project area and its vicinities relates to flooding. During the detailed engineering design of the station, flood risk will be addressed by incorporating a sufficient drainage system into the Xichang multimodal hub.
Involuntary Resettlement For output 1, a total of 530 mu of collective land was acquired for the construction of the Xichang multimodal hub, affecting 45 households with 187 persons. The total cost of land acquisition and resettlement was CNY38.7 million. Land acquisition and house demolition were completed by December 2017. A social compliance audit report was prepared in accordance with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement and posted on the ADB website. Furthermore, a Resettlement Due Diligence Report for associated facilities (the Emei-Miyi Main Rail Line from Emeishan City to Miyi County) was prepared and posted on the ADB website. The two reports include a corrective actions plan with time-bound actions to address the remaining resettlement issues. The implementing agency is committed to monitor and work closely with the relevant government agencies to manage resettlement issues. The executing agency will engage an external monitor for semiannual monitoring and reporting. Public consultations were undertaken during project preparation and will continue throughout the project cycle. A grievance redress mechanism has been established to address affected people's concerns and suggestions. Output 2 involves the procurement of maintenance equipment and therefore has no land acquisition and resettlement issues.
Indigenous Peoples There are no ethnic minority communities that will be adversely affected by the project.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation and participation strategy to ensure meaningful consultation with all stakeholders was conducted during the project design phase.
During Project Implementation The implementing agency will undertake consultations with key stakeholders.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services None
Procurement Procurement (civil works and equipment) to be financed by ADB will follow ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Miller, Jeffrey M.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division EASI
Executing Agencies
China Railway Corporation (Formerly Ministry of Railways)
[email protected]
10 Fuxing Road
Beijing 100844
People's Republic of China
Concept Clearance 02 Mar 2018
Fact Finding 21 May 2018 to 25 May 2018
MRM 18 Jul 2018
Approval 27 Jun 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2020

Loan 3797-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2019 09 Apr 2020 04 Sep 2020 31 Mar 2027 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 425.81 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 120.00 27 Jun 2019 0.00 0.00 0%
Counterpart 305.81 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Jun 2019 0.00 0.00 0%

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