Tracks Being Laid for Wuhan-Jiujiang High Speed Railway

This update incorporates content from People’s Railway Daily.
This is the official national railway newspaper for China.

Tracks are being laid in the province of Hubei, in central China, on the new, 198 km (123¾ mi)-long Wuhan-Jiujiang HSR, which is expected to open by late 2016. The new line, which runs through parts of the country key to the history of the communist revolutionary era in China, is built for speeds up to 250 km/h (157 mph).

A grand total of CNY 19.4 billion is being invested on this line, which runs from Wuhan due southeast via Ezhou, Huangshi, and Yangxin, all the way through to Jiujiang in northern Jiangxi.

Despite the relatively short distance, this new line finds itself in some rather tricky terrain. It’s often wet and rainy, and the new line had to tackle grade-separated “crossings” with a number of regular rail lines, motorways, and highways. Works has begun on this line since 2014, and a lot of attention was put into making the new line possible without causing great disturbance to existing passages of transport.

The current line is considerably slower, at around 160 km/h (100 mph) in slightly better terrain, so the new line will bring quite an improvement to travellers along the Wuhan-Jiujiang rail corridor.

By David Feng

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

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