Shanghai–Suzhou–Nantong railway

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Husutong Railway
201603 Shanghai-Nantong Railway near Huangdu.JPG
Yangtze River Bridge on Husutong railway under construction, March 2016
Native name沪苏通铁路
TypeHigher-speed rail
Heavy rail
Line length137.28 km (85.30 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Operating speed200 km/h (120 mph)
SignallingAutomatic block signaling
Maximum incline0.6%
Route map

Nantong West
Anting West
to Fengbang
& Shanghai Hongqiao
Shanghai Baoshan
Shanghai East

Shanghai–Suzhou–Nantong railway, abbreviated as Husutong railway[1] (Chinese: 沪苏通铁路; pinyin: Hù-Sū-Tōng tiělù, "Hu", "Su" and "Tong" being the abbreviations for Shanghai, Suzhou and Nantong, respectively) is a higher-speed railway in China's Yangtze River Delta area, connecting Shanghai, the region's main city located south of the Yangtze, with Nantong in Jiangsu province, north of the river.

The railway is 143 kilometres (89 mi) in length and traverses several county-level cities in Suzhou Municipality of Jiangsu along the south bank of the Yangtze including Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Taicang.[2][3] The railway is also called the Shanghai–Suzhou–Nantong railway or the Husutong railway. The railway is designed to accommodate maximum train speeds of 200 km/h (120 mph),[4] the operation of electric traction hauled double-stack container trains[5][6][7] and has reduced train travel time from Nantong to Shanghai to just over one hour.[4]


Initially proposed as the Shanghai–Nantong railway (Abbreviated as Hutong railway),[8] construction works began on the first phase of the project in March 2014, and was expected to take five and a half years.[4] The railway began operation on July 1, 2020.[2][3]

The second phase of the railway, from Taicang to Situan, was approved in September 2021.[9]


The railway includes 137 kilometres (85 mi) of new tracks, from Zhaodian railway station (赵甸站) on the Nanjing–Qidong railway northwest of downtown Nantong to Huangdu railway station on the Beijing–Shanghai railway, in the northwestern part of Shanghai City. Anting being within 20 km (12 mi) of Shanghai railway station, the total railway distance from Nantong to Shanghai is under 160 kilometres (100 mi).

The railway crosses the Yangtze River over the new Hutong Yangtze River Bridge between Nantong and Zhangjiagang, a double-deck bridge with a 4-track railway on the lower deck and a six-lane roadway on the upper deck. The bridge is the world's longest span (1,092 metres (3,583 ft)) cable-stayed road-rail bridge with the highest (325 metres (1,066 ft)) piers of a cable-stayed road-rail bridge.[10] The bridge is the easternmost railway crossing of the Yangtze. Previously, the only railway crossing in the Yangtze Delta region was a freight-only rail ferry on the Xinyi–Changxing railway, between Jingjiang and Jiangyin, some 30 kilometres (19 mi) upstream. The closest railway bridge is the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, over 200 kilometres (120 mi) upstream. The new bridge thus greatly improves the railway connections between the Central Jiangsu (the region north of the Yangtze) and the Jiangnan, in particular Shanghai.

On its way between the new bridge and Anting, the railway has brought rail service for the first time to prosperous communities on the southern bank of the Yangtze such as Zhangjiagang, Changshu, and Taicang which had no railway connection.[4]

Railway Stations[edit]

Station Chinese Distance
County-level city / District Prefecture-level city Province Metro transfers
Nantong 南通站 (13) Chongchuan Nantong Jiangsu
Zhaodian 赵甸站 0 Tongzhou Nantong Jiangsu
Nantong West 南通西站 6 Tongzhou Nantong Jiangsu
Zhangjiagang North 张家港北站 32 Zhangjiagang Suzhou Jiangsu
Zhangjiagang 张家港站 34 Zhangjiagang Suzhou Jiangsu
Changshu 常熟站 52 Changshu Suzhou Jiangsu
Taicanggang (freight station) 太仓港站 Taicang Suzhou Jiangsu
Taicang 太仓站 100 Taicang Suzhou Jiangsu
Taicang South 太仓南站 114 Taicang Suzhou Jiangsu
Anting West 安亭西站 129 Jiading Shanghai Shanghai
Huangdu 黄渡站 Jiading Shanghai Shanghai
Xuhang (branch) 徐行站 Jiading Shanghai Shanghai
Shanghai Baoshan (branch) 上海宝山站 Baoshan Shanghai Shanghai
Waigaoqiao (freight station, branch) 外高桥站 Pudong Shanghai Shanghai
Caolu (branch) 曹路站 Pudong Shanghai Shanghai
Shanghai East (branch) 上海东站 Pudong Shanghai Shanghai
Situan (branch) 四团站 Pudong Shanghai Shanghai


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