New Section of High-Speed Rail to Undergo Test Operations
After undergoing tests for a month, the Guangzhou to Shenzhen section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed rail system will now under go trial operations. This section is a part of the Beijing to Hong Kong rail line that will be opened in August.
The section will start in Guangzhou South railway Station and will end at Futian Station in Shenzhen. Once the Beijing Wuhan line is completed, travel time from Shenzhen to Guangzhou will take 25 minutes, traveling to Wuhan will take four hours and Beijing will take about eight hours. The 104 kilometer rail tracks are designed travel at speeds of up to 350 kilometers an hour.
During the initial stages, 50 trains will run from Shenzhen to Guangzhou, Changsha and Wuhan every day. The newly opened section will help integrate Shenzhen to the nations high-speed railway network.
The line will have three stations in Shenzhen including Guangming, Futian and Shenzhen North. Work on this section started in 2010 and will be completed by 2015. The Futian station will be China’s longest underground railway station and is due to open in June 2012.
The Shenzhen transport commission is planning to add seven bus routes to provide passenger transportation in the stations. Another three routes will be added and will connect the Shivan Bus Terminal, Qinghu Metro Station in Longhua and Guangming grass ski slope.
Four existing routes will be adjusted including Airport Route 5, 787 going to Meilin Checkpoint, 788 to Shawan bus terminal and a circular route in Guangming New Zone.