New HSR Services Link Lanzhou with Ürümqi, and Guangzhou with Nanning and Guiyang

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China Railways has officially opened new services from Lanzhou to Ürümqi, and from Guangzhou to Guizhou and Nanning. The part from Lanzhou to Baoji, all in central western China, will open by around 2017, and around the same time, the extension to Xuzhou on the eastern seafront will also open. By then, trains will be able to travel from the eastern Chinese coast by Xuzhou all the way to Ürümqi in northwestern China’s Xinjiang autonomous region.

The new route is designed for speeds up to 250 km/h, although initial services will be reduced to 200 km/h. This is as this new line tackles extremely challenging terrain. Retuned rolling stock are used on this line, which goes through parts of China at high elevations and around Shanshan (Piqan) in eastern Xinjiang, will have to tackle a 67 km long area which is notorious for desert winds. As a result, a wind-protection gallery has been built in this part of the railway.

Parts of this line (Ürümqi – Hami (Kumul)) has already opened on 16 November 2014. The rest of the railway is totally new. Also new will be a completely redone Xining Railway Station. The Chinese railway bureau of Lanzhou, as well as the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company, are getting HSR tracks and rolling stock for the first time ever.

Travel times on this route will be slashed from 18 hours to 12 hours, although future speedbumps will cut travel times even further. There will be connections to city metro systems in Lanzhou, Xining, and Ürümqi. There will be 16 trains a day in each direction, although only a select few services will run the entire Lanzhou-Ürümqi stretch. There will also be two regular rail services on this route as capacity for the original railway line is being released to allow more cargo trains to run.

  • LANZHOU WEST (LANZHOUXI) 兰州西
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  • Minhe South (Minhe’nan) 民和南
  • Ledu South (Ledu’nan) 乐都南
  • Haidong West (Haidongxi) 海东西
  • Xining 西宁
  • Datong West (Datongxi) 大通西
  • Menyuan 门源
  • Minle 民乐
  • Zhangye West (Zhangyexi) 张掖西
  • Linze South (Linze’nan) 临泽南
  • Gaotai South (Gaotainan) 高台南
  • Qingshui North (Qingshuibei) 清水北
  • Jiuquan South (Jiuquannan) 酒泉南
  • Jiayuguan South (Jiayuguannan) 嘉峪关南
  • Yumen 玉门
  • Liuyuan South (Liuyuannan) 柳园南
  • Hami (Kumul) 哈密
  • Tuha 吐哈
  • Shanshan (Piqan) North (Shanshanbei) 鄯善北
  • Turpan North (Tulufanbei) 吐鲁番北
  • ÜRÜMQI SOUTH (WULUMUQI’NAN) 乌鲁木齐南
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Two new connections to Guangzhou have also opened. The Guizhou-Guangzhou HSR is good to start services at 250 km/h, with a future possible speedbump to to 300 km/h. This service calls at Guilin enroute. The Nanning-Guangzhou HSR will be extended from Wuzhou South (Wuzhounan) to Guangzhou South (Guangzhounan) station. At the same time, Guangxi’s new showcase HSR station, Nanning South (Namzningzdung / Nanningdong) and Guiyang’s new HSR hub, Guiyang North (Guiyangbei) will all enter service. Travel times from Guangzhou to Guiyang will be cut from 20 hours down to 4–5 hours; for trains from Guangzhou to Nanning, from 13 hours down to 3–4 hours. This is expected to bring very heated competition to the popular Nanning–Guangzhou air route.

This will make Guangzhou South station the largest HSR hub by individual lines served. Trains from Guangzhou South will now leave to destinations as north as Beijing and Ji’nan, as west as Guiyang and Nanning, and as south as Shenzhen North. The intercity services to Zhuhai and Xinhui will continue. HSR trains to other destinations are expected to also depart from this station.

The new stations in Xinjiang and Guangxi will, for the first time, feature station names also written in non-Hanzi, non-Roman alphabet letters: Uyghur in Xinjiang and Zhuang in Guangxi.

  • GUIYANG NORTH (GUIYANGBEI) 贵阳北

  • Longli North (Longlibei) 龙里北
  • Changming 昌明
  • Duyun South (Duyunnan) 都匀南
  • Sandu 三都
  • Rongjiang 榕江
  • Sanjiang 三江
  • Guilin 桂林
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  • Yangshuo 阳朔
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  • Gongcheng 恭城
  • Hezhou 贺州
  • Zhaoqing East (Zhaoqingdong) 肇庆东
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  • Sanshui South (Sanshuinan) 三水南
    Change for Nanning-Guangzhou HSR

  • Foshan West (Foshanxi) 佛山西
    Change for Nanning-Guangzhou HSR

  • GUANGZHOU SOUTH (GUANGZHOUNAN) 广州南
    Change for Beijing-Guangzhou, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong, and Nanning-Guangzhou HSR, and Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway trains to Zhuhai and Jiangmen
    Transfer to Guangzhou Metro Line 2
  • NANNING EAST (NAMZNINGZDUNG) (NANNINGDONG) 南宁东

  • Guigang 贵港
  • Wuzhou South (Wuzhounan) 梧州南
  • Yu’nan 郁南
  • Nanjiangkou 南江口
  • Yunfu East (Yunfudong) 云浮东
  • Zhaoqing West (Zhaoqingxi) 肇庆西
  • Zhaoqing East (Zhaoqingdong) 肇庆东
    Change for Guiyang-Guangzhou HSR

  • Sanshui South (Sanshuinan) 三水南
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  • Foshan West (Foshanxi) 佛山西
    Change for Guiyang-Guangzhou HSR

  • GUANGZHOU SOUTH (GUANGZHOUNAN) 广州南
    Change for Beijing-Guangzhou, Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong, and Guiyang-Guangzhou HSR, and Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway trains to Zhuhai and Jiangmen
    Transfer to Guangzhou Metro Line 2

David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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