10 Biggest Infrastructure Megaprojects in the World
THE BELT AND
The massive trade and infrastructure development
strategy by the Chinese government is aimed
to connect the country with Asia, Africa,
Europe, Latin America and Oceania. The “Belt”
refers to the overland routes for road and rail
transportation, called “the Silk Road Economic
Belt.” The “road” refers to the sea routes.
Crossrail is a 118-kilometer railway line under
development to improve transportation to
England’s largest city.
02 $17 billion
The project will connect Anaheim and
downtown Los Angeles with the Salesforce
Transit Center in San Francisco for a total
trip time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Future
expansions are planned to connect to stations
in San Diego County and Sacramento.
Image courtesy California High Speed Rail
The extension to Paris’ Metro line to better
connect the city center with suburbs will be
the largest transport project in Europe.
04 $39 billion
Image courtesy Kengo Kuma and Associates, Wikipedia: Hecktor, Paris Grand Express, CC BY-SA 3.0
The metro line in Saudi Arabia will consist
of six lines spanning a total length of 176
kilometers, with 85 stations.
05 $23.5 billion
Image courtesy BDP
A planned industrial development project
between India’s capital, Delhi, and Mumbai.
Currently, it’s the world’s second largest
06 $90 billion
Image courtesy DMICDC
The under-construction Japanese maglev
line will connect Tokyo to Nagoya.
Eventually, the project will be expanded
07 $82 billion
Image courtesy Wikipedia: Saruno Hirobano, Series L0 CC BY-SA 3.0, Nippon.com
The LAPSSET Corridor Program is Eastern
Africa’s largest infrastructure development
project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia
and South Sudan.
LAMU PORT AND
08 $29 billion
Image courtesy Lapsset
The major expansion at Al Maktoum
International Airport will increase the
passenger capacity of the airport to 220
million people a year. As a result, the airport
is expected to be the largest in terms of
passenger capacity by 2050.
09 $32 billion
Image courtesy Propsearch.ae
The project will be the United Arab Emirates
(UAE)’s first national passenger and freight
railway network over 1,200 kilometers.
10 $11 billion
Image courtesy Etihad Rail, Union Railway