He’nan Part of Hohhot-Nanning HSR to Skip Zhengzhou in Favour of Luoyang
The Central Chinese province of He’nan (河南) is well known as a major rail hub. Zhengzhou (郑州), in particular, is known as the heart and hub of the railways, both locally, and also nationwide. However, the rest of the province also is getting more High Speed love.
At present, Luoyang (洛阳) is known as a major station on the High Speed network, with a multi-platform hub at Longmen (龙门; south of Central Luoyang) being one of the most significant station on the west-east Zhengzhou-Xi’an part of the Eurasian High Speed Route. It will now also host the new Hohhot-Nanning HSR, which runs at 350 km/h (217 mph) as per design speed in this part of China.
Originally, this route was supposed to head further east, then southeast, upon leaving neighbouring Shanxi (山西) for He’nan. It would then have been part of the sprawling Zhengzhou Rail Hub. However, in newer plans, the route will head west, then southwest, and finally south, serving the cities of Qinyang (沁阳), and Jiyuan (济源), then, going via Luoyang, head further south towards Yichuan (伊川), Lushan (鲁山), and finally Nanyang (南阳), where the line will also meet the equally under-construction Zhengzhou-Wanzhou HSR.
Once final planning and integration into nationwide network plans are complete, the new line, part of the new 8×8 nationwide High Speed network plan, will be built. The entire route is a north-south main line linking Hohhot (呼和浩特) in Inner Mongolia (内蒙古) with Namzningz/Nanning (南宁) in Gvangjsih/Guangxi (广西).