Ürümqi Railway Station
(See other stations in Xinjiang)
|Opened||16 November 2014|
|Former name||Ergong Station|
|Operator(s)||Ministry of Railways of the People's Republic of China|
Ürümqi Railway Station is a redeveloped station, formerly a small halt called Ergong. Now it is a major transport hub, servicing high-speed and conventional rail in Ürümqi, Xinjiang. It should not be confused with Ürümqi South Railway Station, which was known by the same name from 1962 until 2014, when the new station was completed. The newer station, being much larger and grander than the Ürümqi South, will assume the role of Ürümqi's primary station. However trains will continue to service both, with some express services skipping the older station.
Built primarily as the western terminus of the Lanzhou-Xinjiang High-Speed Railway, high speed trains now connect the far western province to eastern Chinese cities for the first time, eventually allowing for express trains to Beijing in around 18 hours, much less than the current 31 hours it takes. Conventional rail services will continue to use the Lanxin railway eastwards and the Northern Xinjiang Railway, west across the rest of the province.
Opened on November 16th, 2014 with high speed services to Hami, other services heading further east into Gansu province and terminating at Lanzhou West Railway Station commenced on December 26th, 2014.
- "Xinjiang high speed line opens". Railway Gazette. 20 November 2014.
- "Urumqi – Lanzhou PDL completed as five lines open". Railway Gazette. 29 December 2014.
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