Shanghai Rail, which serves the municipality of Shanghai, as well as the neighbouring provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, are announcing 40 new trains for the new timetable to take effect on 01 July 2015.
These include new long-distance services from Shanghai to Zhengzhou and Ürümqi South (Ürümqinan / Wulumuqinan), Shanghai South (Shanghainan) to Jiujiang, and from Suzhou to Xi’an.
Local services will see more trains leave Shanghai stations (including the main station and the Hongqiao HSR hub) to Nanjing (and Nanjing South / Nanjingnan), Hefei South (Hefeinan), Suzhou, Hangzhou East (Hangzhoudong), and further away, to Wenzhou, Quzhou, and Xuzhou. There will also be new trains running on the just-opened Hefei-Fuzhou HSR from Hefei South to Huangshan North (Huangshanbei), as well as to and from Ningbo, Hangzhou East, Fuyang, Suzhou, and Shanghai.
The recent opening of the Xinhuang West (Xinhuangxi) to Guiyang North (Guiyangbei) part of the Shanghai-Kunming HSR has meant that Guizhou is now just 9 hours away by HSR.
Hefei will also, thanks to new connections, be linked better to the nationwide HSR system, with Nanjing just an hour, Wuhan 2 hours, Ji’nan, Hangzhou, and Shanghai 3 hours, Fuzhou, Beijing, Tianjin, Changsha, and Ningbo 4 hours, and Wenzhou and Qingdao 5-6 hours away by train.