Beijing Metro
China, Beijing
2001 – today

From 1969 the Beijing metro system was not only the first metro network in China, but – since 2015 even ahead of Shanghai and London – in fact the longest metro network in the world, with 19 lines and a total length of 552 kilometers. According to the operator the Beijing metro transports 3.2 billion people per year.

The first metro project in Beijing for which Herrenknecht delivered tunnel boring technology was the construction of the north-south Line 5 from 2001. With the EPB Shield S-169 Herrenknecht laid the foundation for many successful projects throughout China. Until 2007, that machine produced a total of almost four kilometers of segmentally lined tunnel on several sections of Line 5. Other Herrenknecht TBMs have also been underway in over 20 projects, in some cases for several years, to build more than 45 kilometers of efficient metro tunnels.

Data Sheet

Country, Location

China, Beijing


2001 – today




Soft ground:
Clay, silty sand, medium-grained sand, gravelly sand, rock bed with fine sand, silt, gravelly sandstone, siltstone, weathered granite, regolith, unconsolidated soil, flint conglomerate

Tunnelling length

45,000 m

Machine Data

1x EPB Shield:
Diameter: 6,190 mm
Lining method: Segmental lining

1x EPB Shield:
Diameter: 6,240 mm
Lining method: Segmental lining

15x EPB Shield:
Diameter: 6,250 mm
Lining method: Segmental lining

Your contact person Contact us

Steffen Dubé President and General Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.
Gerhard Goisser Commercial Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc.