A new 107km high-speed line opened in northeastern China on August 3, linking Chaoyang and Linghai in Liaoning province.

The line connects the Beijing - Chengde - Shenyang high-speed line and the Beijing - Qinhuagdao - Shenyang coastal high-speed line with four stations at Chaoyang, Batuying, Jinzhoubei and Linghainan. Trains will operate at 300km/h, says the China Railway Shenyang Group, the regional operator, although the line’s design speed is 350km/h.

Initially there will be 22 services per day on the line. Journey times will be reduced between Beijing and Dalian by 50 minutes to four hours. Travel times between Beijing and Jinzhou will be cut by 35 minutes to 2h 17min.

The China Railway Shenyang Group says the new line will play an important role in regenerating northeastern China.

Construction of the line began in October 2017, and it connects the recently completed 350km/h Beijing – Shenyang inland high-speed line and the 250km/h line serving Qinhuangdao, Shanhaiguan and Huludao. These run broadly in parallel but until now have not had a link.

Due to the cold temperatures in the region, waterproofing bridges on the route was a key part of the project.

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