China opens new high-speed railway lines

China has recently opened new high-speed railway lines, which allow trains to run at speeds of 250 km/h and 350 km/h.

On December 16, the Xuzhou-Yancheng and Lianyungang-Zhenjiang high-speed railway line were opened, providing regional connections between northern Jiangsu and central Jiangsu areas.  The two line are located in central and northern Jiangsu Province.

The Xuzhou-Yancheng line starts from Xuzhou East station on Beijing-Shanghai HSR in the west, passes through Suqian and Huai’an in the east, and finally reaches Yancheng City. The railway line has a total length of 313 km, served by 9 stations. It is designed for speeds of 250km/h.

The Lianyungang-Zhenjiang HSR connects to the newly built HSR via the Dongji station on the existing Qingdao-Yancheng railway. The 105 km line is designed for trains running at speeds of 250 km/h.

These two lines connect the coastal regions of Northern Jiangsu and the hinterland, and form the HSR network in northern Jiangsu together with the Lianyungang-Zhenjiang HSR and Yancheng-Nantong railway, currently under construction.

Chengdu-Guiyang high is another speed railway line opened on the same day of December, marking the opening of traffic on the whole line of Chengdu-Guiyang. The railway has a total length of 648 km, with a design speed of 250km/h.

A 207-km high-speed railway line was opened in Northwest China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region, offering transport connection between three cities in the region including Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, Wuzhong and Zhongwei. The line allows trains to run at speeds of 250 km per hour, which will reduce the travel time by more than an hour.

The line is part of the future high-speed railway, currently being constructed, connecting Northwest China with the northern region.

The 174-km Beijing-Zhangjiakou high speed railway line is the second HSR connection opened. It was designed for speeds of 350 km per hour.

It offers transport connection in North China’s Hebei province, cutting the travel time to 47 minutes between the two destinations. The line, which is served by 10 stations, is running from Beijing North station, crossing Changping and Yanqing districts, and is reaching to Zhangjiakou station.

Together with a feeder 53-km rail link from Xiahuayuan North Station to Chongli district, the high-speed railway line will be important transport link for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

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