Nation’s high-speed railway network expands

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/8/20 21:43:39

China's high-speed railway network saw another milestone as construction of a major tunnel in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province was completed on Sunday.

The completion of the Hufengling Tunnel, which connects Harbin and Mudanjiang in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, signaled that China is nearing the final stage of building a so-called "Eight Vertical and Eight Horizontal" high-speed railway network across the country, the website of State broadcaster cctv.com reported on Sunday.

Upon completion, the Harbin-Mudanjiang high-speed railway will be connected to two rail lines already in operation: One connects Beijing and Harbin and another connects Beijing and Guangzhou, Fang Bifeng, an official with the China Railway Construction Corp, said in the report on cctv.com.

The connections will create the longest North-South high-speed rail line in the country, Fang said.

This marks significant progress for the country's plan to build a robust railway network with eight main vertical lines linking the North and the South, as well as the eight horizontal lines connecting the East and the West.

The plan, which was first issued in 2008, has seen slight adjustments over the years. In the latest change, a railway between Beijing and Xiongan New Area was launched. That means in the future, from Xiongan New Area, the high-speed rail can go straight to Kowloon, Hong Kong, the report said.

The high-speed railway network across the country has been basically completed, the cctv.com report added.



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