During the "12th Five-Year Plan" period (2011-2015), China's national railway operation of total mileage will increase from the current 91,000 km to 120,000 km. Among them, the domestic urban rail construction showing unprecedented hot situation, a new round of metro construction will gradually develop throughout the country. In September 2012, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved multiple urban rail transit construction projects; the total investment is expected to 800 billion. By 2015, China's planning urban rail lines construction mileage will reach 3,000 kilometers; the investment will reach 1.27 trillion Yuan. To 2020, China's urban rail mileage will reach 7,395 kilometers; the investment is expected to reach 3 trillion. To 2050 planning metro lines will increase to 289 with a total mileage 11700 km.
Currently, China is the world’s largest urban rail market and it is in need of more advanced technology and component suppliers for metro and light rail manufacturing, construction, as well as operation. Safety trends and high capacity processes need to be applied to the construction of tunnels and more intelligent station facilitates, in order to further urban rail development.
The 7th Annual City-Rail 2013 will bring together major metro operators, government officials & industry associations, planning institutes, tunnel construction corporations, urban rail vehicle manufacturing groups and venders to discuss the opportunities and challenges in developing urban rail and how to solve these problems with intelligence and excellent productivity.