The cities of Beijing and Tianjin are already linked today by two high speed lines: the 2008 Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway (going into the city centre, and soon to be extended to the Binhai New Area), and the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway (which has stations at Tianjin West and South). There are now plans for a third HSR link between the two cities in northern China, according to People’s Daily Web.
The planned Beijing-Binhai Intercity Railway is expected to serve northern Tianjin and the Binhai New Area. Part of the route will also run on the Beijing-Tangshan Intercity Railway, also under planning. The new line will run via Baodi in Tianjin’s northern suburbs on shared tracks with the Beijing-Tangshan route, then divert onto its own line to the Binhai New Area. This part of northern Tianjin has considerably few passenger services — the sole key north-south route is a rather dated Tianjin-Jixian (Ji County) Railway.
The new Beijing-Binhai Intercity Railway is expected to be part of a greater Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei transport system. Also planned are new railway connections from Beijing to the new airport in Daxing, as well as to Bazhou (further south), and new rail connections from Tianjin to Shijiazhuang and Chengde. A new railway line from Zhangjiakou to Tangshan is expected to open to traffic within the year.
The existing Beijing-Tianjin Intercity Railway will extend services to the new Yujiabao Railway Station (于家堡站), in the heart of the Binhai New Area, by August 2015. This will be a continuation of the high speed line designed for speeds up to 350 km/h (218 mph). Services from this new station to Beijing South will only take 45 minutes once the entire line is open to traffic.