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Old January 6th, 2008, 10:53 PM   #581
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New railway to link special economic zones
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Updated: 2008-01-06 20:57


SHENZHEN -- China began building a railway linking China's two economic zones, the Xiamen Economic Zone in Fujian Province and Shenzhen Economic Zone in Guangdong Province.

The railway starts from Xiamen, a port city facing Taiwan, and runs 502.4 kilometers southwest along the coast to Shenzhen, a booming city bordering Hong Kong.

Upon its completion in 2011, the railway will allow trains to travel at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour, and a journey between the two cities will take about three hours compared with current 11 hours.

The rail link is designed to transport 12 million tons of cargo a year and accommodate 120 pairs of trains per day.

The 41.7-billion-yuan (5.6 billion U.S. dollars) project will be co-funded by the Ministry of Railways, and the Fujian and Guangdong provincial governments.

The new line will be another important section of China's coastal railway artery. Currently, two railway lines, one links Wenzhou of Zhejiang Province with Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, and the other links Fuzhou and Xiamen, are under construction.

Xiamen and Shenzhen are among the first four special economic zones designated by the state council in 1980.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 04:23 PM   #582
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Railway firms win bids for Beijing-Shanghai line
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Updated: 2008-01-07 15:20


China Railway Construction Corp and China Railway Group Ltd are among four domestic companies that have won bids for more than 80 billion yuan ($11 billion) worth of construction contracts for a Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway.


Contracts for the project are divided into six sections and China Railway Construction has won its bid for the two largest contracts worth 33.7 billion yuan and make up 40 percent of the total project, the official Xinhua News Agency reported over the weekend.


China Railway Group won a bid for 22 billion yuan worth of contracts, or 26 percent of the total.


Sinohydro Corp and China Communications Construction Co Ltd respectively won bids for contracts worth 14.3 billion yuan and 13.7 billion yuan.


The Chinese government plans to build a Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line that would cut the trip between China's capital and its financial hub to five hours from 12, earlier media have reported.


Trains on the 1,320 km line would run at speeds of up to 350 km per hour , which would become China's highest-speed railway, according to earlier reports.


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Old January 8th, 2008, 10:45 AM   #583
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Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway to break ground mid-Jan

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Updated: 2008-01-07 23:45


BEIJING -- The building of a multi-billion-dollar high-speed railway linking Beijing and Shanghai could be underway as soon as the middle of January after six companies were confirmed as winners of the construction bids.

Sources with the contractors said construction of the rail line would commence before Spring Festival, which falls on February 7, with mid-January the earliest possible time.

Civil engineering work on the 1,318-kilometer railway is expected to cost 83.7 billion yuan and is divided into six sub-contracts.

China Railway Construction Corporation which built the Qinghai-Tibetan Railway, Shanghai Maglev train, Beijing-Kowloon Railway and the western railway across Hong Kong, took the lion's share of 40.3 percent, or 33.74 billion yuan (US$4.64 billion), through its two subsidiaries, the No. 12 and No. 17 Bureaus.
China Railway Group Limited secured the second largest share worth 21.965 billion yuan( US$3.02 billion), about 26.2 percent, through its No.1 and No. 3 Bureaus.

The other two smaller contractors are Sinohydro Corporation and the China Communications Construction Company, each responsible for more than 16 percent of the project, worth around 14 billion yuan (US$1.97 billion).

The railway ministry's chief engineer He Huawu told the Dongfang Daily in late December that China aimed to use the project to develop an advanced express railway technology system, with 70 percent of the technology developed domestically.

"The principle is to introduce up-to-date foreign technologies, tap into them by carrying out joint design and manufacturing and cultivating a local brand name," he said.

China hopes to run the China Railway High-speed (CRH) train with a speed of 350 kilometers per hour on the new railway. The latest model of CRH series with a speed of 300 kilometers per hour, rolled off the production line only last month.

Sources close to the project said that apart from the civil engineering, bidding and procurement for other relevant projects ranging from the signal system to the construction of the upgraded CRH trains will soon start.


The Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway project, which has been under discussion for more than ten years, officially kicked off in late December after the inauguration of the Beijing-Shanghai Express Railway Company Limited.

With an estimated total investment of 160 billion yuan (US$21 billion), the railway, upon its completion after 2013, will cut travel time between the Chinese capital and its economic hub from the present 10 hours to about five hours, doubling the existing transport capacity of 160 million passengers annually.

By 2020, China will have 12,000 kms of express rail lines, with 16 new express passenger rail lines put into place, linking provincial capitals and large and medium-sized cities, as well as cities in the booming Bohai Sea, Yangtze and Pearl River regions.

The construction of such lines is aimed at substantially enhancing the country's rail transport capacities, as stated in the country's mid- and long-term plan on railway networks.

The 115 km express rail line connecting Beijing and Tianjin will become the country's first to allow a maximum speed of 300 kilometers per hour. Track laying on the route started in November.

The line will be ready for operation in time for the 2008 Olympic Games in August, and will shorten the journey between Tianjin and Beijing from 70 minutes to around 30 minutes, according to Liu Rong, director of the railway construction project.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #584
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Beijing rail system set to double with 11 lines under construction
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Updated: 2008-01-08 14:50


BEIJING - Eleven subway or above-ground rail lines will be under construction this year in Beijing and two will be completed before the Olympic Games in August, according to officials at the municipal Development and Reform Commission.

These projects will add 270 kilometers to the municipal rail system's track length, nearly doubling its current size.

The two, which are scheduled to open before July, are an elevated line connecting the airport with the transport hub of Dongzhimen in Beijing and the first phase of the No. 10 subway. When these facilities open, the track length of Beijing's metro system will be about 200 km, said Wang Haiping, deputy director of the commission.

"With the completion of the two lines, Beijing's subways can meet the traffic demand during the Olympics," Wang said.

Work will start this year on two new subways. These are the No. 7 line, which terminates at Beijing's main railway station, and the 42 km No. 14 line, which will be the longest single subway line in Beijing with terminals at Lugou Bridge in the southwest and Wangjing in the northeast.

Seven other subways are also under construction this year.

"The running distance of the rail network will amount to 561 kilometers by 2015, which is expected to make Beijing's subways the largest in the world, surpassing New York City," said Xu Xiaoyuan, head of the infrastructure department of the commission.

Starting from this year, the municipal government will appropriate 10 billion yuan (US$ 1.37 billion) annually as subway investment.

Beijing also plans to build low-cost or free parking facilities near the fifth ring road (one of several highways encircling the city) to encourage those living in satellite towns to use public transportation for the final leg of their trip into the city proper, the commission said.

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wow 11 subway lines are under construction at the same time! Beijing is really booming.
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Old January 8th, 2008, 11:54 PM   #586
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What is the train like from Shanghai to Beijing? I'm considering going on that train in April
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Old January 9th, 2008, 05:23 AM   #587
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There are different services and different classes. You can go on everything from peasant's standing class, to soft seat class that is way more luxurious than any train service in Scandinavia.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #588
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Where did pflo777's maglev thread go?

http://shanghaiist.com/2008/01/09/return_of_the_m.php
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From Boxun.com (you need a proxy) we discovered that there was a maglev-related protest on January 6th. It first started around 11am, around the Xinzhuang/Minhang area, and was dispersed, only to form again sometime around 3pm, this time in the busy Xujiahui CBD. It managed to, in some form, last until 11pm. Protesters carried signs saying "out for a walk" (散步), while other chanted slogans about protecting their homes. The proposed maglev was to link the city's two airports as well as Shanghai to Hangzhou. However, recent protests brought public attention to the health effects of the maglev, leading, according to some, to the recent government decision to reroute the maglev so as to minimize the noise, radiation, and collateral damage. These proposed changes are part of the reason why the price estimates of the maglev have increased from 200 million per km to about 500 million per kilometer.
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Old January 9th, 2008, 01:39 PM   #589
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"The running distance of the rail network will amount to 561 kilometers by 2015, which is expected to make Beijing's subways the largest in the world, surpassing New York City," said Xu Xiaoyuan, head of the infrastructure department of the commission.[/url]
Hmmm, since Shanghai is planning 970km by 2020 I'm not sure wether Beijing will get the big title in time or not. London and not NYC has world's largest subway system today, btw. Both Guangzhou and Shenzhen are planning systems far above 400km too, this is becoming an exciting race.
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Damn those nimbys!!

I guess you found the maglev-thread already: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=458705

Thanks for the info about the train. I think I've made up my mind that l will fly though. I promised you a beer a long time ago for your great Shanghai photos. Will you be in Shanghai by the end of March?
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Unfortunately I'll have to take a rain check - I won't be in Shanghai until the end of June.

Flying domestic in China is a breeze with the larger airlines, such as Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Shanghai Airlines.
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Old January 10th, 2008, 05:10 PM   #592
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New train route opens from China to Germany

A container train left Beijing on Wednesday on its way to Hamburg, Germany. The new service was welcomed as real progress made in international rail cooperation.


Experts project that the new land route will take a big slice of the pie of Chinese-EU trade.


The train will travel about 9,800 kilometers through six countries, including China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany. The trip has gained support from those in customs declaration and clearance.

Zheng Mingli, chairman of China Container Transportation Co., said, "This can be seen as a breakthrough in our cooperation. Today, railway officials from six countries are here to witness this event.

This is very important to the development of the Asia-Europe Continental Bridge. This means of transportation has great potential for the countries involved."

Cargo on board includes electronic products, textiles and shoes. The trip to Hamburg, Germany will take 18 days. The same trip would take at least 40 days by container ship.

Tomasl Palaszewski, vice president of Polish National Railway, said, "There is big potential for container transportation to Europe. The ceremony today shows that it will bring big benefits to all of us. So we hope that it will not only be a pilot train, but a permanent connection between China and Europe."

Railway officials from the six countries will discuss detailed measures to facilitate and promote container transportation.

Experts project that the new land route will take a big slice of the pie of Chinese-EU trade. But improvements in Chinese railway networks will still matter. China has plans to invest huge amounts of money to build up 18 railway container terminals in the coming five years.

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南京南站本月开建
第一根站房基础桩轰然打下,亚洲最大的铁路枢纽站——京沪高铁南京南站正式进入开工建设阶段,率先打响江苏境内京沪高铁建设的“发令枪”。

高速铁路南京南站和公路南京南站一起,共占地二平方公里左右,建成后将是京沪高铁全线规模最大的火车站。

按照设计方案,南京南站为高架车站,站台在二楼,候车大厅在三楼,地面一层为换乘广场,广场中心区域有地铁一号线、三号线和六号线的进出站口;广场南侧有一个机场快客停靠带,高架路联通禄口机场;公路客运南站设在铁路南京南站的南广场。在这里可实现铁路、公交、地铁、长途客车和机场大巴的“零距离”换乘。

有关专家表示,南京南站建成后,除京沪高速铁路外,还将引入沪汉蓉(上海—南京—合肥—武汉—重庆—成都)铁路、宁安(南京—芜湖—安庆)和宁杭(南京—杭州)铁路,成为华东地区最大的交通枢纽。

伴随着南京南站大交通枢纽的建设,南京古城将明显向南发展。南京近年来发展的河西新区和江宁区将联成一片。南京城将在古城墙以外的广大区域快速发展,一个现代化的新区将与古城区一样,成为城市的繁华区。(朱晓颖)
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Nanjing South rail Station started to construction this month

First root sudden stops laying the foundation pile, Asia's largest railway hub stations - the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway formal entry into the South Station in Nanjing started construction stage, the first in Jiangsu Province started the construction of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway "the starting gun."

Nanjing high-speed railway station and South Station to the south of Nanjing Road, occupies a total area of about two square kilometers, will be built Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is the largest all stations.

In accordance with the design of the Nanjing South Station for the elevated station platform in the second floor waiting hall on the third floor, the ground for a transfer square, a central region of Metro Line 1, Line 3 and on the 6th line access station ; south side of the square there is a customer call with the Airport Express, the viaduct Unicom Lukoujichang; Highway southbound passenger railway station in the south of Nanjing South Station Square. You can achieve rail, bus, subway, long-distance bus and airport bus "zero distance" transfer.

Experts said that after the completion of the Nanjing South Station, in addition to the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, will be the introduction of Shanghai Han Rong (Shanghai - Nanjing - Hefei - Wuhan - Chongqing - Chengdu) Railway, Zhuan (Nanjing - Wuhu - Anqing) and the Nanjing-Hangzhou (Nanjing - Hangzhou) Railway, in east China become the largest transportation hub.

Nanjing South Station along with the transport hub of construction, the ancient city of Nanjing will be a noticeable development of the south. In recent years the development of Nanjing Hexi District, and Jiangning District will be linked up. Nanjing City in the ancient city wall outside the rapid development of the vast region, a modern city with a new area in the same district, a bustling area of the city. (Zhuxiaoying)





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Old January 11th, 2008, 04:08 AM   #594
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Germany-China rail freight plan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7180906.stm

A new rail freight service between Germany and China, that would be twice as quick as sea travel, has been backed by six countries, Chinese media says.



The China Daily state newspaper says China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany are to work together on the Hamburg to Beijing train route.

The states are to ease customs and border checks to minimise travel time.

China Railway Container Transport said the 20-day-long freight journeys should start in early 2009.

"Barring any complications, a scheduled container train should be shuttling between China and Germany in a year's time," said the firm's chairman Zheng Mingli.

A trial run is under way, with a container train taking a sample of Chinese products to the north German city.

After it arrives the six countries will analyse ways to improve the rail route, including easing customs barriers, and integrating different railway types.

Moving goods by sea between the two cities usually takes 40 days and means passing through the Indian Ocean, which adds an additional 10,000km to the journey.
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China to invest 300b yuan in railway in '08
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Updated: 2008-01-11 23:29


BEIJING -- China plans to invest 300 billion yuan (US$41 billion) to lay 7,820 kilometers of railway in 2008, the Ministry of Railways said on Friday.

"A batch of new projects will start construction this year, and the building of the high-speed railway linking Beijing and Shanghai is the most important one," said Railway Minister Liu Zhijun at a national work conference.

Earlier reports said the construction of the multi-billion-dollar Beijing-Shanghai railway could be underway as soon as the middle of January after six companies were confirmed to have won the tender.

Liu said the new railways should use state-of-the-art technologies and meet the world's highest standards.

China will have 15,000 kilometers of new railways built and put into operation in the following three years, with 7,000 kilometers being passenger-only high-speed tracks. The total railway length will reach 120,000 kilometers by 2020.

From 2003 to 2007, China invested a total of 522 billion yuan (US$71.5 billion) in railway construction.

Liu predicted that passengers would make more than 1.4 billion rail journeys in 2008 and the cargo transported on railway would exceed 3.3 billion tons, generating a total revenue of 361 billion yuan (US$49.5 billion).

He said priority must be given to the transport of coal, grain, fertilizer, cotton, disaster-relief materials and people's daily necessities.

He also said China would strengthen international cooperation in the railway sector, including the construction of the pan-Asian railway network and technical cooperation with developed countries.

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Germany-China rail freight plan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7180906.stm

A new rail freight service between Germany and China, that would be twice as quick as sea travel, has been backed by six countries, Chinese media says.



The China Daily state newspaper says China, Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany are to work together on the Hamburg to Beijing train route.

The states are to ease customs and border checks to minimise travel time.

China Railway Container Transport said the 20-day-long freight journeys should start in early 2009.
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Sounds great. I hope the price will be competitive.
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China to invest 300 bln yuan in railway construction in 2008

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BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- China plans to invest 300 billion yuan (41 billion U.S. dollars) to lay 7,820 kilometers of railway in 2008, the Ministry of Railways said on Friday.

"A batch of new projects will start construction this year, and the building of the high-speed railway linking Beijing and Shanghai is the most important one," said Railway Minister Liu Zhijun at a national work conference.

Earlier reports said the construction of the multi-billion-dollar Beijing-Shanghai railway could be underway as soon as the middle of January after six companies were confirmed to have won the tender.

Liu said the new railways should use state-of-the-art technologies and meet the world's highest standards.

China will have 15,000 kilometers of new railways built and put into operation in the following three years, with 7,000 kilometers being passenger-only high-speed tracks. The total railway length will reach 120,000 kilometers by 2020.

From 2003 to 2007, China invested a total of 522 billion yuan (71.5 billion U.S. dollars) in railway construction.

Liu predicted that passengers would make more than 1.4 billion rail journeys in 2008 and the cargo transported on railway would exceed 3.3 billion tons, generating a total revenue of 361 billion yuan (49.5 billion U.S. dollars).

He said priority must be given to the transport of coal, grain, fertilizer, cotton, disaster-relief materials and people's daily necessities.

He also said China would strengthen international cooperation in the railway sector, including the construction of the pan-Asian railway network and technical cooperation with developed countries.
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Express railway to link Shijiazhuang with Beijing

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SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The construction of an express passenger railway which links Beijing with Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei province, will begin in June and finish in four years.

The National Development and Reform Commission has approved the project, and a ground breaking will be done on June 1, said a source with the city government of Shijiazhuang, adding a special company will be set up to take charge of the construction.

The new line is planned to alleviate transport pressure on the northern end of Beijing-Guangzhou railway, a north-south trunk route, and boost the development of areas around Beijing.

The projected route will stretch 281 km starting from Beijing West Railway Station and ending at Shijiazhuang South Railway Station. Trains can run at a speed of 350 km per hour. Speed in the initial stage can be 300 km per hour.

The new railway will take four years to complete. By that time, the journey from Beijing to Shijiazhuang only lasts about an hour, roughly halving the current travel time.

The investment of 43.87 billion yuan (about 6.01 billion U.S. dollars), will be shared by the Ministry of Railways and the governments of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province.

While addressing a national work conference held in Beijing on Friday, Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun disclosed that the country planned to invest 300 billion yuan (41 billion U.S. dollars) to lay 7,820 km of railways this year.
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China to enter new railway era by 2010

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China's railway system is integral for many of China's 1.3 billion people-be it for commuting or when they travel home for the holidays.


This is what the Beijing South Railway Station will
look like in half a year's time.(CCTV.com)


At a press conference on Friday,the Ministry of Railways says China will enter a new era of railway travel by 2010.


This is what the Beijing South Railway Station will look like in half a year's time.

Official say the renovated station will be come the number one passenger railway hub in the nation, with a floor space over 200,000 square meters.

It will also boast a waiting room which can accommodate as many as 10,000 people.

The railway regulator says that so far, 19 train stations in major cities like Shanghai and Nanjing have already been upgraded. Another 19 stations are due to be renovated in cities such as Wuhan, Guangzhou, Suzhou and Tianjin.

Passengers can also look forward to other upsides besides more spacious, modern train stations.

Officials say high speed railways and passenger-only lines will also help make it easier and more comfortable for passengers to travel by rail in China.


China's railway system is integral for many of China's
1.3 billion people-be it for commuting or when they
travel home for the holidays.(CCTV.com)


Wang Yongping, Spokesman of Ministry of Railways, said, "The passenger-only lines will change the current situation that both passenger and cargo transport share the same railways. It will make it much easier for passengers to get on the trains. It will also improve the cargo transport capability."

The railway regulator says China will have 15,000 kilometers of new tracks built and put into operation over the next three years, with close to half designated for passenger-only high speed tracks.

The total length will reach 120,000 kilometers by 2020.

It adds that China will also strengthen international cooperation in the railway sector, including the construction of the pan-Asian railway network and technical cooperation with developed countries.
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Express railway to link Shijiazhuang with Beijing


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SHIJIAZHUANG, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The construction of an express passenger railway which links Beijing with Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei province, will begin in June and finish in four years.

The National Development and Reform Commission has approved the project, and a ground breaking will be done on June 1, said a source with the city government of Shijiazhuang, adding a special company will be set up to take charge of the construction.

The new line is planned to alleviate transport pressure on the northern end of Beijing-Guangzhou railway, a north-south trunk route, and boost the development of areas around Beijing.

The projected route will stretch 281 km starting from Beijing West Railway Station and ending at Shijiazhuang South Railway Station. Trains can run at a speed of 350 km per hour. Speed in the initial stage can be 300 km per hour.

The new railway will take four years to complete. By that time, the journey from Beijing to Shijiazhuang only lasts about an hour, roughly halving the current travel time.

The investment of 43.87 billion yuan (about 6.01 billion U.S. dollars), will be shared by the Ministry of Railways and the governments of Beijing Municipality and Hebei Province.

While addressing a national work conference held in Beijing on Friday, Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun disclosed that the country planned to invest 300 billion yuan (41 billion U.S. dollars) to lay 7,820 km of railways this year.

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