THE 277km Fuzhou - Xiamen - Zhangzhou high-speed line, which is China's first cross-sea high-speed railway, reached an important milestone on February 4 when it passed static acceptance tests. The 350km/h line is expected to open later this year.

The new line parallels an existing 200km/h railway and will cut the journey time between Fuzhou and Zhangzhou from 1h 50min today to less than one hour.

The new railway will cross three coastal bays. This includes Meizhou Bay where a 14.7km reinforced cable-stayed bridge has been built between Putian and Quanzhou.

The coastal line has six intermediate stations at Fuqing West, Putian, Quangang, Quanzhou East, Quanzhou South, and Xiamen North.

This year, China will add more than 3000km of new lines to the national 155,000km network, which will expand the 42,000km high-speed network by around 2500km.

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