The Wuhan-Huangshi and Wuhan-Huanggang Intercity Railways entered service today, 18 June 2014. These make Wuhan the first city to have three intercity railways, with the first one — the Wuhan-Xianning Intercity Railway — already in operation.
The two railways share the first three stations — Huashan South (花山南 / Huashannan), Zuoling (左岭) and Gedian South (葛店南 / Gediannan). The Wuhan-Huangshi Intercity Railway next continues further south towards Ezhou (鄂州) and Huahu (花湖) before ending via Huangshi North (黄石北 / Huangshibei) at Daye North (大冶北 / Dayebei). The Wuhan-Huanggang Intercity Railway, in the meantime, heads further east, passing via Huarong East (华容东 / Huarongdong) before reaching Huanggang (黄冈). There, it makes stop at the city’s west and main stations before terminating at Huanggang East (黄冈东 / Huanggangdong) station.
Both lines will run C trains (short for intercity HSR trains) and will initially feature only one train per hour in each direction. However, there are plans already to increase frequencies over peak hours. These railway lines will all end at the Wuhan HSR terminus, where passengers can transfer quickly onto HSR trains to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, and Yichang, amongst other destinations.
The Wuhan-Huangshi Intercity Railway is expected to be extended further south towards Jiuliang in neighbouring Jiangxi province. This will eventually create a new HSR route via Jiuliang to Nanchang and the province of Fujian. Speeds on that line are expected to go up to 250 km/h (155 mph).