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New railway links Beijing with China’s ‘city of future’, boosts coordinated regional development

/ 02:52 PM December 27, 2020
bullet train Xiongan Railway Station

Passengers and train crew members take photos before boarding the high-speed train linking Beijing and Xiongan New Area, Beijing West Railway Station, Dec 27, 2020. Photo by Zou Hong/chinadaily.com.cn

BEIJING/SHIJIAZHUANG — The Beijing-Xiong’an intercity railway opened to traffic on Sunday, connecting the Chinese capital with the country’s “city of the future” – the Xiong’an New Area.

At 10:18 am, the C2702 Fuxing bullet train left the newly-built Xiong’an Railway Station for Beijing, marking the inauguration of the line’s operation as well as the use of Xiong’an Railway Station, the first completed major infrastructure project in Xiong’an.

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Travel time from Beijing West Railway Station to the Xiong’an New Area was cut from one and a half hours to about 50 minutes. It takes only 19 minutes from Beijing Daxing International Airport to Xiong’an.

Among the 91-km section of the railway that was newly built, the part between Daxing airport and Xiong’an went operational Sunday, with a designed speed of 350 km per hour. The stretch between Beijing West Railway Station and Daxing airport opened in September 2019.

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The travel time will further reduce to 36 minutes after the previously existing section is upgraded, said Li Zheng, a senior manager of the Xiong’an high-speed railway corporation.

Located about 100 km southwest of Beijing, the Xiong’an New Area – spanning the Rongcheng, Anxin, and Xiongxian counties and some adjacent areas – is aimed at becoming a national model of high-quality development and a new engine for the modern economic system.

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