Guiyang–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway
High Speed Railway
|Operator(s)||China Railway High-speed|
|Line length||857 km (533 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
Guiyang-Guangzhou High Speed Railway is a major trunk route selected in the 11th Five Year Plan by the Chinese government. It will allow a fast link between the South-West Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou and Guangxi to the economic power houses of China in Guangdong and Hong Kong. It will allow for a massive reduction travel time between Guiyang and Guangzhou from 22 to 4 hours.
The 857 km route of this railway is more direct than current routes. This is due to the exceptionally difficult and mountainous terrain, making this high-speed project very expensive to construct. Project cost is estimated at 85.8 billion RMB (USD$12.6 billion). This means 209 tunnels are required over the length of this route, some being in excess of 14 km in length. It will pass through the major tourist destinations of Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi province with its unique karst landscape.
Construction commenced in 2008 and is expected to take 6 years to complete.
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