Trial Run of New High-Speed Railway to Begin Next Year
By the end of 2012 the city will start trial runs of the Xiamen-Shenzhen high-speed railway, although there is no known date on when the railway will officially open. The high-speed railway construction is progressing well, despite financial difficulties plaguing it since the July railway crash in Wenzhou.
The construction of the 502 kilometer railway will link Shenzhen to Xiaman in Fujian province, passing Zhangzhou, Chaozhou, Shantou, Puning, Shanwei and Huizhou along the way. The two other railways in Fujian, namely the Longyan-Xiamen railway and the Xiangtang-Putian Railway will also start their trial runs next year.
The Ministry of Railways spent 6 billion yuan to help China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. Ltd. to ease the financial difficulty the electric locomotive manufacturer is experiencing. More payments are expected to be made this November and December.
Rest assured, officials in the Fujian Province said, even with the lack of funds, the construction of railway projects will not be affected.