The Zhengzhou-Jiaozuo Railway has just opened to the travelling public on 26 June 2015. Passengers can now head out from Zhengzhou, capital of the province of He’nan, to Jiaozuo, in 40 minutes, instead of the former 2 hours, to Jiaozuo, which is not far from the well-known Mount Yuntai.
This railway heads northwest out of Zhengzhou and crosses the Yellow River, heading for 78 km (48 ¾ miles) to its destination. Trains will initially run on this railway line at 200 km/h (125 mph), although it is built for speeds up to 250 km/h (157 mph).
This new railway line, which took around 5 years to build, will for the moment operate 5 trains in each direction, but will continue expanding, as it is part of the Zhengzhou-Taiyuan HSR link. It currently has 6 stations on the line, as follows:
- Yellow River (Huanghe) Scenic Area
- Xiuwu West (Xiuwuxi)
Passengers will be able to connect to or from Zhengzhou Metro Line 1 at the Zhengzhou terminus.
The new line further improves the Zhengzhou rail hub, so to create major rail and HSR connections in eight compass directions.