Taking the direct route

Nick Myall
22 Mar 2017

When architects and engineers had to route a high level monorail through a Chinese city they came up with a creative solution

In Chongqing, China an unusual solution has been used to create a route through the crowded mountain city for a high level monorail line. Why not run the track straight through a block of flats?

As a result Liziba Station, which opened in 2004, is located on the sixth to eighth floor of a 19 storey residential building.

Noise reduction equipment means the trains do not greatly disturb the building’s residents with only 60 decibels of noise created which is similar to a standard dishwasher. Indeed, residents say that the station has actually increased the value of their property as it is so convenient for commuters.

“Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge,” a city transport spokesperson said, The Mirror reports.  

‘Sometimes there just isn't room on the ground so we have to think about going under, or over, or - in this case - straight through.

‘In a city as fast paced as this it was clear people wanted to get around quickly. Extending the railway line this way was a gamble, but it was one that paid off.’


Nick Myall

News editor

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