China Railway Shanghai Group (CR Shanghai) plans to start 11 railway schemes in the Yangtze delta area this year, according to a report.
The company, a subsidiary of China Railway, will allocate more than $11.6bn to the schemes, which will cover the provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang, as well as Shanghai itself, reports the MENAFN news site.
Between 2016 and 2020, railway investment in the region amounted to $68bn. The length of track increased 30% in this period to 12,800km, and high-speed sections grew 85% to 6,000km.
The Yangtze delta accounts for about a quarter of China’s GDP. By 2025, it is expected to have 17,000km of rail lines in service, of which 9,500km would be high speed.
Last week, CR Shanghai said it had begun operations on a 185km high-speed section in east China. The track was the final part of a railway that extends over 3,400km from the northwest of the country to the east coast.
The new section runs from Xuzhou City to the coastal city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province. It has six stations along the route and has a maximum design speed of 350km/h, which will halve travel time.
Work on this part of the project began in July 2017. The entire scheme will link Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with Lianyungang.
Image: A CR300AF high-speed train leaving Shanghai station in 2018 (MNXANL/CC BY-SA 4.0)