Track Laying Begins on Inner Mongolia’s First HSR Line
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Track-laying work has begun on the Zhangjiakou-Hohhot HSR, and on 12 September 2016, the first rails were laid in the Ulanqab-Zhangjiakou section.
The 286.8 km (179¼ mi) long new line will link Hohhot, capital of northern China’s Inner Mongolia (Nei Monggol) Autonomous Region with Zhangjiakou, co-host along with Beijing of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It coincidentally will link at Zhangjiakou to the new HSR to Beijing.
The Zhangjiakou-Hohhot HSR is designed for an operating speed of up to 250 km/h (157 mph). Passengers will be able to travel from cities in Inner Mongolia, notably Hohhot, Baotou, and Ordos, in as short as 2-3 hours. It is of great significance at this is the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region’s first HSR line (the current-day CRH services run by Hohhot Rail run on conventional lines instead).