When the result came in on four-day test of a section of the Hengyang-Liuzhou High-speed Railway (Hengliu), engineers from Naning railway headquarters declared it a success, on Thursday.
The section, which links the city of Yongzhou, Hunan province and Liuzhou, in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, is expected to go into operation on a trial basis, in May, and be ready to open at the end of 2013, according to media reports.
The 497.9-kilometer Hengliu is expected to deliver train services at speeds of 200 to 250 km per hour. The entire line is planned to open to traffic in 2014.
There are two other high-speed railways in Liuzhou expected to go into use next year – the 226-kilometer Liuzhou-Nanning High-speed Railway (Liunan) and 857-kilometer Guizhou-Guangzhou High-speed Railway (Guiguang).
Liunan, which is for passenger traffic, will cut the travel time between the two cities to one hour, while Guiguang, linking the city of Guiyang, in Guizhou province, with Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, will pass through Liuzhou and allow travel times from Liuzhou to Guangzhou or Guiyang to three hours.
With Liuzhou a part of the country’s high-speed railway network, it will be possible for people to enjoy the Liuzhou sunshine of a morning, get a taste of Peking duck in the afternoon, and experience Guizhou’s ethic culture of an evening – all in the same day.
Edited by Lin Hong and Roger Bradshaw