KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will deliver 107 escalators to the first phase of the Metro Line R2 in Jinan, the capital of eastern China's Shandong province. Traditionally a major bus transportation hub, Jinan opened its first metro line only in 2019. Currently, two lines are in service.
The new Metro Line R2 will be 36.4 kilometers in length, including a 34.5-kilometer underground section. It is projected to become the east-west backbone of the Jinan Rail Transit network, traveling between Wangfuzhuang and Pengjiazhuang through 19 stations. The line will connect some major areas in Jinan, such as the old town, the newer part of the city in the west, and the Jinan High-tech Industrial Development Zone in the eastern part of the city. The Metro Line R2 will also be connected to the two existing metro lines R1 and R3.
For efficient people flow, KONE will equip 10 of the stations from Shengchanlu to Pengjiazhuang with 107 KONE TransitMaster escalators. The contract also includes two years of standard maintenance.
"We are excited to contribute to Jinan's rapidly developing infrastructure and help make metro travel safer and smoother for the city's commuters," said William B. Johnson, Executive Vice President, KONE Greater China.
The project is estimated to be completed at the end of 2020, and it is developed by Jinan Rail Transit Group Co., Ltd.
KONE booked the order in the first quarter of 2020.