CONSTRUCTION on the Hezhou - Hengqin section of the Guangzhou - Zhuhai (Macau) high-speed line is due to begin by the end of the year, the Zhuhai government announced on April 13.

The 350km/h Guangzhou - Zhuhai line will have stations at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Yuzhou, Nansha, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai Hezhou, and will improve connections between Macau and the Chinese mainland.

The 21.5km Hezhou - Hengqin section will cost Yuan 12.6bn ($US 1.97bn), Macau Business reported.

In March, CRRC subsidiary China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group was asked to revise plans for the line following a review of the construction standards, geological conditions, transport management, plan selection, investment control, and social influence.

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