November 29, 2016

China opens Three Gorges high-speed line

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COMMERCIAL operations began on the first high-speed line to serve China’s Three Gorges region on November 28 with the opening of the 247km Chongqing - Wanzhou line.

The new line is designed for 250km/h operation and reduces the fastest Chongqing North – Wanzhou North journey time from around four hours to 1h 44min. The line is also served by Chengdu - Wanzhou CRH high-speed services, the fastest of which complete the trip in 3h 19min.

Construction began in 2013 and the line runs in tunnels or on bridges for 71% of its length.

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