The ever-expanding Chinese have been getting quite creative lately, especially when it comes to combating traffic and congestion issues. The country is one of the world’s highest polluters, with city congestion not helping the situation. This has provoked Shenzhen Huashi Future, the guys usually responsible for all kinds of crazy car park designs, to come up with this extremely innovative traffic straddle train system.
Quite ingenious and logical, the way it works pretty much speaks for itself. Using existing road networks, the train is said to eliminate congestion whilst avoiding major changes in the road and public transport infrastructure. This also heaps keep costs to a minimum.
The train’s wheels are tracked along side the outter edges of a motor vehicle lane using rails, allowing the carriage to physically roll over the top of the ordinary traffic. Of course, the special lanes that run under the train are restricted to light vehicle motorists with specific height limits.
The futuristic idea might seem a bit far fetched at first, but, according to the The Huffington Post, the system has already sparked interest with the Chinese government and construction is already planned to began in Beijing’s Mentougou district by the end of the year.
Check out the video below. It is in Chinese, although, it’s still interesting to watch and you get the gist of what the concept is all about.
Reports say the entire 185km railway planned will take about one year to build, costing 500 million yuan (AU$80 million). That’s not all that expensive for a major infrastructure change, especially as developers say the system will be capable of transporting up to 1400 commuters, reducing overall congestion by as much as 30 percent.