Beijing-Shanghai HSR Timetable to Change on 12 December 2011

There’ll be a pretty big change of the timetables on the Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway to come in effect as of 12 December 2011. Up to 92 “pairs” of trains will run during peak demand travel periods (a “pair” equates to two trains, each travelling in another direction: so a “pair” would equate to a train to Beijing and a train to Shanghai).

In the newest schedules to take effect 12 December 2011, there will be:

  • 92 pairs of trains every day during peak travel seasons;
  • 85 pairs of trains every day over weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays);
  • 78 pairs of trains every day from Monday to Thursday

for the entire line (which does not include trains that run the whole stretch).

Of these 92 pairs, 65 pairs will be 300+ km/h G trains, and 27 pairs will be 250 km/h D trains. The fastest G train will take 4 hours and 48 minutes to run the whole stretch from Beijing South to Shanghai Hongqiao.

For Tianjin West, 2 new HSR train pairs will be added, and what used to be trains G41 and G44 will now be re-known as trains G51 and G54. The new Tianjin West – Hangzhou HSR train (train G52 from Hangzhou, train G53 to Hangzhou) will run as of 30 December, and a new Tianjin West – Shanghai Hongqiao HSR train (train G214 from Shanghai Hongqiao, train G215 to Shanghai Hongqiao), which will run over weekends and peak travel seasons.

For Tianjin South, 13 new HSR trains will be added (7 to Shanghai Hongqiao, 6 to Beijing South). Note that trains that call at Tianjin South will not call at Tianjin West (and the same is also true vice-versa).

For Shandong (mainly Ji’nan West and Qingdao), there will be 86 pairs of trains in service (15 to and from Qingdao from either Beijing or Shanghai) during peak travel periods. During weekends, 79 pairs of trains will run; from Monday to Thursday, 72 pairs will be in operation.

For Nanjing South, 73 pairs of trains will run during peak travel periods. 67 pairs of trains will be in service over weekends, while 60 pairs will run during the week from Monday to Thursday. For the nearby station Zhenjiang South, 14 Beijing-bound and 20 Shanghai-bound trains will be available. Of the 14 Beijing-bound trains, 9 will end at Beijing South (with 4 stopping in Tianjin South), 1 will end at Tianjin West, 2 will head to Qingdao, 1 will head to Xuzhou East and 1 will end at Zhengzhou. For the 20 Shanghai-bound trains, 17 will end at Shanghai Hongqiao, 1 will end at Fuzhou, 1 will end at Hangzhou, and 1 will end at Jinhua West. Trains G111, G117 and G148 will run over weekends and during peak travel periods as of 16 December; train D363 will run during peak travel periods as of 30 December.

For Shanghai, 76 pairs of trains will be in operation during peak travel periods (70 over weekends and 63 from Monday to Thursday). Of the 76, 60 will be G trains (40 of which will head to Beijing South, 3 to Tianjin West, 4 to Qingdao) and 16 will be the slower D trains (3 to Beijing South, 1 to Tianjin West, 2 to Ji’nan West, 3 to Zhengzhou). Passengers transferring at Shanghai Hongqiao to Hangzhou on non-direct trains will have less options as trains G7406, G7408, G7427 and G7435 will be cancelled.

This item was first posted in a constituent site which was later merged with Tracking China. It was posted before 2012 and may contain outdated content. If a specific date/timestamp was not found, the default used instead is at 12 noon Beijing time.

By David Feng

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

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