December 30, 2010

New line opens in northwestern China

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FREIGHT trains have started running on a new 488km line in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of northwest China. The line is an extension of the Turpan - Korla - Kashi railway and runs southeast to Hotan. Passenger services will be inaugurated in June 2011.

Construction of the Yuan 5.1 billion ($US 772 million) line started in December 2008. It is expected to carry 15 million tonnes of freight a year. A further 8000km of new railway is to be built in the region during the next 10 years.

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