China has started to build two new railway lines in Fujian Province on the southeastern coast, which will slash travel times between the coastal and inland areas.
One of the railways starts in Xiamen, a port city facing Taiwan, and runs about 500 km southwest along the coast to Shenzhen, a boom city in the southern Guangdong Province.
China Daily said when it’s completed in 2011, the railway will allow trains to travel at up to 200 km per hour, cutting the time it takes for a journey between the two cities to less than three hours compared with the current 11.
The 41.7 billion yuan (US$5.6 billion) construction cost will be shared by the Ministry of Railways, and the Fujian and Guangdong provincial governments, China Daily reported.
The other major rail project launched was a 600 km railway linking Nanchang, capital of the central Jiangxi Province, with Fujian Province, with terminals in both Fuzhou and Putian.
This railway will open to traffic in 2012. It will cut travelling distance between Fujian and Jiangxi by at least 17 km.