October 03, 2017

China completes Lanzhou - Chongqing railway

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CHINA celebrated the completion of a key north-south rail artery in the west of the country on September 29 with the start of commercial operations on the final section of the 886km Lanzhou - Chongqing line.

Construction began in 2008 and the Chongqing - Guangyuan section opened in December 2015, with operations beginning on the Guangyuan - Minxian section in December 2016. With the opening of the section north of Minxian, the Chongqing - Lanzhou journey time has been reduced to around 12 hours.

The line has a maximum operating speed of 200km/h for passenger trains and 160km/h for freight.

In the 832km between Guangyuan and Lanzhou the line passes through 178 tunnels and over 285 bridges.

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