China Opens New Railway Station, Shanghai – Nanjing High Speed Rail Link

Following the launch of Wuhan-Guangzhou High Speed Railway late last year, China’s high-speed rail network continues to take shape with the opening of new infrastructure and routing between 2 major cities. The country inaugurated the new Shanghai Hongqiao Station and a high-speed rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing last week.

 

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Part of the Hongqiao Comprehensive Transportation Hub, the new Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station opened for operations on 1 July 2010. The sprawling complex is a hub for intercity rail traffic and serves as the Shanghai terminus for the new Shanghai-Nanjing High Speed Railway and the upcoming Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, as well as future lines planned between the city and neighbouring Hangzhou.

 

Accessible via the Shanghai Metro Line 2 (with Line 10 available soon), the 4-storey station is designed to accomodate China’s famously large crowds during major holiday periods, with larger platforms and open spaces to help ease congestion commonly seen at older facilities. Various restaurants and cafes are slated to open within the facility, while ticket vending machines located throughout the basement level, together with rail and metro ticket counters, facilitate the purchase of tickets.

 

Shanghai – Nanjing High Speed Railway

At nearly 301 kilometers in length, the line will have 21 stations enroute, including stops at the major cities of Changzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi and Zhanjiang, effectively transforming the southern Jiangsu area into a single metropolitan region. Using China’s fleet of CRH fast trains designed to travel up to 350 kilometers per hour, the new service cuts travel time between the 2 cities to 73 minutes from the previous 2 hours and 30 minutes, offering a faster alternative to flying.

 

In the initial operation phase, 92 trainsets with First and Second Class seating will ply the route, with the first train departing at 0600 hrs and the last train leaving at 2030 hrs. Both classes offer upholstered reclining seats, with 80 to 100 passengers in each carriage, as well as modern toilet facilities. As with other Chinese high-speed rail services, the onboard food and beverage service is provided via a dining cart manned by cabin attendants during the journey. Ticket prices begin at RMB 146 for a one-way Second Class seat, while a similar ticket in First Class will cost RMB 233.

 

For more information, visit www.china-mor.gov.cn (in Mandarin only).

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