Facing rapid population growth and urban development, the rail-based TOD model is widely regarded as the solution that integrates and optimise land use and transport in China by clustering jobs, housing, services and amenities around public transport stations. Nanchang of Jiangxi province is among the emerging cities that explore this mode.
With the new Metro Line 2 opened in mid-2019, WSP offers comprehensive transport consulting services on TOD mode to achieve sustainable urban development and low-carbon urban traveling by improving accessibility of the surrounding areas of the metro line. The project is under GEF funding in partnership with the World Bank.
Our Comprehensive Solutions
Our comprehensive approach will review the land parcels along the Nanchang Metro Line 2 and recommend a scheme to improve transport development in line with TOD strategy. We will develop a transport model, supplemented by a bus rapid transit (BRT) transportation system, to review different land use mix option and identify the best scenario to encourage people using public transport and reduce carbon footprint.
Apart from conducting background survey and formulating integrated transport planning and design along the Metro Line 2, WSP will run pilot programmes and research on BRT line in Jiulonghu new district, before preparing corridor-level policy guidelines/manuals as the project deliverable.
‘Three Values’ of a Neighbourhood
For this planning tailored for Nanchang, we will follow the ‘three values’ (3V) methodology by World Bank, covering the ‘node value’ (the transport-related importance of a station), ‘place value’ (the quality and attractiveness of the area around the station) and ‘market potential value’ (the unrealized market value of station areas such as job opportunities). The 3V model evaluates the interplay between the economic vision of the city, its land use and the metro network, with quantified indicators, helping us leverage the value created through enhanced connectivity and accessibility and make Nanchang an even more appealing places to live, work, play and do business.
With WSP’s analysis, we will improve the accessibility of surrounding areas of the stations, increase the plot ratio to accommodate more residential and commercial development, which will in turn promote the land value. A recommendation of action plan will also be proposed to improve the slow mode traffic and liveable communities.
The project will provide a substantial foundation for the future low carbon transport development in Nanchang, especially the non-motorized transport (NMT). The project provides the implementation path of transport system for the future Carbon neutral target in Nanchang. The human oriented planning concept will have profound impact on the potential development and local commercial economy.