Construction Begins on Shaanxi Section of Yichuan-Xi’an HSR

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Works has begun on the Yinchuan-Xi’an HSR, according to the national rail operator, China Railways. This follows works beginning on an earlier part as early as December 2015.

The new, 618 km (386¼ mi) line, will begin from Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in central northwestern China. It then heads largely southward via Wuzhong in Ningxia, Qingyang in Gansu, and Xianyang in Shaanxi. The southern terminus will be in Xi’an, capital of the province of Shaanxi.

This new line will be a north-south express connection in central western China. It will connect the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to the national HSR network, and will cut travel times in western China. The boom to the economy and livelihoods along this line is expected to be huge, as this part currently has only lower-grade rail lines.

The new line is also expected to make Xi’an an increasingly important rail hub in central western China — not surprising, as it presently has China’s largest railway station by platforms and tracks, Xi’an North (Xi’anbei) station!

By David Feng

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

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