August 17, 2015

China opens northernmost high-speed line

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CHINA launched passenger services on its most northerly high-speed line on August 17 with the start of commercial operations on the Harbin - Qiqihar line in Heilongjiang province.

The completion of the 281km line has reduced the journey time between the two cities to 1h 25min.

Construction began in July 2009 on the Yuan 36bn ($US 5.8bn) line, which has eight stations and a design speed of 250km/h, albeit with provision for 300km/h operation in the longer-term.

  • Construction was officially launched last week on the Jinan - Qingdao high-speed line in Shandong province. In a break with previous practice, China Railway Corporation will fund only 20% of the project, with the remaining 80% coming from local government sources.

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