Work begins on Beijing-Xiongan rail link

Updated 2018-03-01 00:38:03 Xinhua

Construction of a rail link between Beijing and Xiongan New Area began Wednesday, according to the Xiongan New Area management committee.

The 33.5 billion yuan (about 5.3 billion U.S. dollars) line stretches 92.4 kilometers via Daxing District of Beijing and Bazhou City in Hebei Province and has five stops.

Travel time between Beijing and Xiongan will be 30 minutes.

The section from downtown Beijing to the new airport has a designed speed of 250 km per hour and will go into use together with the airport in September 2019. The section from the airport to Xiongan has a designed speed of 350 km per hour, and will be operational by the end of 2020.

"The rail link is a major infrastructure project for the new area. It is of great significance," said Wan Shujun, Party chief with Xiongxian County.

Xiongan New Area covers Hebei Province's Xiongxian, Rongcheng and Anxin counties.

According to the committee, the link will help transfer non-capital functions out of Beijing and advance coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

Remarkable progress has been made in various fields such as infrastructure and the environment since the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region was put forward in 2014.

China announced plans in April 2017 to establish Xiongan New Area, an economic zone about 100 km southwest of Beijing, as another key project to push regional integrated development. It is also the third new area of national significance after the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Shanghai Pudong New Area.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Sunday called for more efforts to build Xiongan New Area into a model for promoting high-quality development across the country. Zhang made the remarks at a meeting in Beijing on advancing the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

On Feb. 22, senior leaders of the Communist Party of China agreed that building the new area was a "historic project" after hearing a report on the progress of developing a general plan for Xiongan.

National innovation platforms and an efficient transportation network are being created in the area, as China aims to make the area low-carbon, intelligent, livable and influential globally.

A number of companies have set up branches in Xiongan New Area. In November last year, e-commerce giant Alibaba announced the registration in Xiongan of three subsidiaries to provide technological, financial and logistics services, respectively.

Also last year, internet giant Tencent set up a "financial technology lab" and a branch in Xiongan.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58March 20 2018 04:32:30

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16March 20 2018 04:32:30

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18March 20 2018 04:32:30

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords