Company plans to complete China’s first coast-to-coast high-speed railway within eight years
China’s Central Railway Corporation (CRTC) said it aims to complete the country’s first coast-to-coast high-speed railway within eight years.
The CRTC has started the construction of the western section of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway between Wenzhou in Zhejiang province and Longnan in Shanghai.
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China has launched a broad high-speed rail development plan, covering 30 high-speed train lines from 2023.
Established in 1900, the CRTC operates four underground high-speed rail corridors in China’s northern regions and China’s interior regions of Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.
It operates 13 tunnels and 3,000 bridges and trestles and plans to increase the coverage of its network by more than half to 500KM (311 miles) by 2020. It has so far completed 15KM of the high-speed rail network.
More than 20% of China’s rail traffic is carried on the elevated and urban rail networks. China’s total rail traffic grew to 203,918km last year.
Thailand’s first high-speed railway (HSR)
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The first phase of the Thammasat International airport high-speed railway opened in August 2015, connecting the domestic airport to Bangkok.
Operating on the nationwide Thammasat Rongphet line, the 80km initial line is the first phase of an HSR expansion project from Phuket in the south to Chiang Mai in the north.
The plan calls for a high-speed railway network of 400km from Phuket to Chiang Mai by 2028.
Hong Kong’s first full-length HSR link
The city’s first full-length HSR link opened in November 2016. Construction had begun in 2014 to connect Hong Kong’s Landmark MTR station to Pudong in Shanghai. The link, which is the longest of its kind in Asia, has 14 stations along the 32km line, each of which is wide enough to operate a whole train.
On 13 December 2016, the HSR link received two “red dot” certificates from the China Railway Corporation (CRC), the highest award CCR can award to the construction of a HSR line. The HSR was the first and only train to be awarded two red dot certificates in five years.
An ‘arrow’ show some of the major buildings set to go up during the construction of the 42km high-speed railroad link between Shanghai and Wenzhou in Zhejiang province.
A high-speed train link between northern China and South Korea
The first of the China-South Korea high-speed rail link (SPILC), which runs 36km from Wuzhen to Baoding, opened on 13 July. The line extends for 28.4km to Baoding, about 18km south of the Sanjiang county line. The line connects China’s south-western Shaanxi province and South Korea’s Gyeonggi province.
The SPILC is the first high-speed railway line of its kind to be built in the northeast and connects Wuzhen and Baoding to Chongquing, Taizhou and Zhangjiakou, 1356km from the Chongqing railway station.
About 300 trains are expected to pass through the line daily, at a maximum speed of 300km/h. The rail connection enables people to move more quickly and can lift the quality of trade between Chongqing and the south-west province of Sichuan.