China Links Guangzhou And Shenzhen With High – Speed Rail

China’s Ministry of Railways opened the new Guangzhou – Shenzhen high-speed rail link today, moving the country a step closer to integrating its most important cities by express rail. The inaugural train, G6126, departed Shenzhen North Railway Station at 1040 hrs to make the 35-minute journey to Guangzhou South Railway Station, halving travel time between both metropolises.

 

The new link, comprising 6 stations including Qingsheng, Humen, Guangming and Futian (opening in 2012), will eventually form part of the Beijing – Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong high-speed rail line connecting the Chinese capital with its southern economic powerhouses. Travellers will also eventually be able to conveniently transfer to local metro and high-speed services to and from other parts of the country, such as Wuhan and Xiamen, at the hub stations.

 

36 services in each direction will be operated daily using the CRH3C rolling stock, with the first train at 0700 hrs and the last departure at 2200 hrs. Tickets are priced at RMB 100 (USD 16) for First Class and RMB 75 (USD 12) for Second Class, with the former offering in-train entertainment and in-seat power to passengers.

 

Although marred by safety concerns and falling ridership following the collision of 2 high-speed trains on a viaduct in the suburbs of Wenzhou on 23 July 2011, China continues to expand its high-speed rail network across the country. At over 9,676 kilometers of routes in service, the country has the world’s longest high-speed rail network, with plans to eventually raise it to 25,000 kilometers long by 2020.

 

For more information, visit www.china-mor.gov.cn.

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