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NDRC approves new HSR line; trial operations begin on two HSR lines, China [free access]

January 14, 2021

The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China has approved the development of a new high-speed rail (HSR) line connecting Xiongan New Area in Hebei province and Xinzhou in Shangxi province. The line will span 342 km and cover 12 stations. The new line will be equipped with the CTCS-3 (Chinese train control system) control system and will deploy a fleet of trains having a maximum operating speed of 350 km/hr. Xiongan High-speed Railway Company will undertake the construction of the line.


China Railways will contribute CNY12.25 billion, while the provincial governments of Shangxi and Hebei will contribute CNY5.81 billion and CNY5.24 billion respectively for the new HSR line. Capital will also be raised by loans from domestic banks. The project is expected to be completed in four and a half years.


Additionally, trial operations have commenced on two sections of the HSR network in China.


The Xuzhou–Lianyungang Xulian HSR line in Jiangsu province has commenced trial runs. The line spans 180 km and has a design speed of 350 km/hr. The end-to-end journey time has been reduced from two hours to one hour.


Further, trial operations have also begun on the Beijing–Chengde section of the Beijing–Harbin HSR line. The line spans 192 km. It will reduce the end-to-end journey time from about eight hours to five hours. The line is part of the Beijing–Harbin, Beijing–Hong Kong–Macao rail corridor, one of eight vertical and eight horizontal planned rail corridors currently under construction in China.


(1 CNY [Chinese Yuan Renminbi] = 0.15 USD)