The Xinjiang section of the Lanzhou-Xinjiang high-speed rail line began system integration test on Tuesday, moving closer to commercial operation at the end of this year, China Daily reported.
The 1,776-kilometer rail line which links Lanzhou city, the capital of Gansu province, and Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, will be the first high-speed railway in Xinjiang.
Top speed will be 250 km/hour, Liu Xinle, director of the construction management office at the Urumqi Railway Bureau, was quoted as saying.
Travel time between Urumqi and Lanzhou will be reduced to eight hours from the current 20.
Lai Xin, a senior official of Xinjiang’s development and reform commission, believes the new rail line will boost the region’s tourism and logistics industries.
Erkin Tuniyaz, vice-chairman of the Xinjiang government, was quoted as saying that once the railway goes into commercial operation, it will enhance China’s freight capacity to central Asia and Europe.
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