The crucial high speed link between Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s province of He’nan, and Xuzhou, a major inland city in Jiangsu province not far from the eastern Chinese coast, will be reality in 2016. The Zhengzhou Daily reports that tracks will now be laid on the new HSR line (which in fact is already the case for some parts of the new line), which will permit speeds up to 350 km/h (218 mph).
The 362 km (226 mi) new trunk line will slash travel times by up to a half. Travel between these two cities will in future take just around 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The following stations are on the line:
- Zhengzhou East (Zhengzhoudong) 郑州东
- Kaifeng North (Kaifengbei) 开封北
- Lankao South (Lankao’nan) 兰考南
- Minquan North (Minquanbei) 民权北
- Shangqiu 商丘
- Dangshan South (Dangshannan) 砀山南
- Yongcheng North (Yongchengbei) 永城北
- Xiaoxian North (Xiaoxianbei) 萧县北
- Xuzhou East (Xuzhoudong) 徐州东
This stretch of HSR is part of the greater Xuzhou-Lanzhou HSR route, which, when fully complete by 2017, will cut travel times out from Zhengzhou to Lanzhou down to 5 hours from the present-day 11 hours, in spite of the fact that the stretch from Lanzhou to Baoji (around three quarters of the way through to the western terminus) has suffered a downgrade, so only slower speeds are possible.