Up to 34 New Railway Lines to Enter Operation Before End of 2016

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As if the recent opening of the Zhengzhou-Xuzhou HSR and the Qingdao-Rongcheng Intercity Railway weren’t big news already, there are upwards of 34 new railway lines which will also enter the national rail network by the end of this year. That’s around 2,000 km (1,250 miles) in length!

The most important line here will be the Guiyang-Kunming part of the Shanghai-Kunming High Speed Railway. This brings HSR services to southwestern China’s province of Yunnan for the first time ever. Also readied up for this very new line is the all-new Kunming South (Kunmingnan) Railway Station. An opening time of 29 December 2016 is planned.
Length: 463 km (289⅓ miles); Speed: 300 km/h (186 mph).

Another one of the longer lines opening will be the Baise-Kunming part of the Yunnan-Guangxi Railway. The new part of the line will join the existing section which is already in service, and connects Baise further east to Nanning. This part of the line is set to open on 28 December 2016, according to plans.
Length: 484 km (302½ miles); Speed: 200 km/h (125 mph).

Also in southwestern China is the new Chongqing-Wanzhou Railway, which in future will connect to Zhengzhou, central China, at the Wanzhou end. With a planned opening date of 28 November 2016, it also connects to the Chengdu-Chongqing HSR and the Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan express lines, forming a T-shaped express rail corridor.
Length: 247 km (154⅓ miles); Speed: 250 km/h (157 mph).

Finally amongst one of the more key lines is the Guangyuan-Minxian part of the Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway. As it tackles mountainous terrain, it will not be a “real” HSR line. It is key, however, in that it brings trains from Lanzhou ever closer to the Chongqing end of the line. It’s expected that the line will run from Lanzhou to Chongqing in full by 2017.
Length: 292 km (182½ miles); Speed: 160 km/h (100 mph).

In late 2016, when all these lines open, Western China will benefit from a 50,200 km (31,375 mi) rail network, and CRH high speed services will encompass all of the mainland of China, except for Tibet.

By David Feng

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

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