Rail projects approved in China

The National Development & Reform Commission has approved the proposed 329 km double-track line from Qianjiang in Chongqing province to Zhangjiajie and Changde in Hunan, which is expected to cost 34·8bn yuan. Chongqing Municipal Development & Reform Commission will co-ordinate with the Ministry of Railways to establish a joint venture to undertake the project.

A feasibility study for the 30bn yuan Huaihua – Shaoyang – Hengyang line in Hunan province has also been approved, and detailed design of the 313 km double-track mixed-traffic 200 km/h route has begun.

Construction of the 260 km Hangzhou – Huangshan railway is set to commence this year, with an alignment designed for 200 km/h running; the main traffic is expected to be passengers.

Investment in railway construction in Liaoning province will reach 26bn yuan this year, with the opening of the Tonghua – Guanshui, Liaoyang – Anping, Xiuyan – Zhuanghe, Wafangdian – Wudao, Yingkou coastal, Panjin port, and additional Dahushan – Xinlitun lines.

Tracklaying has been completed on the 904 km Harbin – Dalian Passenger-Dedicated Line which will open by the end of this year. Work started in August 2007, and the project has cost 92bn yuan.

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Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has given the go-ahead for seven projects totalling 81bn yuan and 3310 km, including a second double-track Lanzhou – Urumqi line, electrification and upgrading of the Hongliuhe – Kazakh border section of the existing route, the Turpan – Korla secondary line, the Kuqa – Ehuobulake and Hami – Lop Nor lines and the Hami southern freight ring.

  On March 18 the second generation of CRH2 EMUs entered service on the Nanchang – Jiujiang – Wuhan inter-city route. The CRH2179 and CRH2180 units offer improved passenger comfort with private compartments available, with an overall capacity of 600 passengers.