High-speed Railway to Link China’s West With Biggest Cities

Construction of a new high-speed rail between Zhengzhou and Xi’An has just begun. From Xinhua:

China began Thursday to lay tracks for the first high-speed passenger line in its western region, which will ultimately shorten trips between the ancient capital of Xi’an and Beijing to four hours from the current 11.

The 500-km line linking Xi’an in northwestern Province with Zhengzhou in central will run at up to 350 km per hour.

“When it becomes operational at the end of this year, a ride between the two cities will take less than two hours compared with the present six,” said Li Hengman, deputy manager of the Zhengzhou-Xi’an Railway Company, operator of the 10.3-billion-U.S.dollar project.

He said the track-laying would be completed by June 10 and the railway was scheduled to be operational on Dec. 28.


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