Wuhan–Xianning Intercity Railway
The Wuhan–Xianning Intercity Railway (Chinese: 武咸城际铁路), commonly abbreviated as Wu-Xian Intercity Railway, is a high-speed commuter railway line in Hubei Province of China with double tracks. It connects the provincial capital Wuhan with the city of Xianning, with a number of intermediate stops throughout Wuhan's southern suburbs. The railway is part of Wuhan's future commuter railway system.
The railway line is 91.56 km long, and includes 13 stations, from Wuhan's Wuchang Railway Station to Xianning South Railway Station in Xianning. Intermediate stations include Nanhu East Railway Station (in Wuhan's Guanggu area), several stations in Wuhan's suburban Jiangxia District and in Xianning City (Xian'an District).
Although there are already two railway lines between Wuhan and Xianning (the Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway and the older "conventional" Beijing–Guangzhou Railway), the new railway is supposed to complement them, rather than compete with them. Unlike the Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, which has no passenger stations between Wuhan and Xianning, and whose station in Xianning is somewhat out of town, the new intercity railway will serve a number of towns and township between the two city, and will have Xianning East Station in downtown Xianning. Besides, the intercity line's terminal in Wuhan (the Wuchang Station) is more convenient for most passengers than the Wuhan Railway Station used by the Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway. As to the "conventional" Beijing–Guangzhou Railway, its trains are much slower and aren't frequent, since that railway's capacity is now mainly used for freight.
The travel time between Wuchang and Xianning on the intercity railway (28 min) will be only a few minutes longer than the one the Wuhan–Guangzhou High-Speed Railway, while the fare will be somewhat lower.
The railway began operation on December 28, 2013 with 10 train service each direction per day.
- 武咸城际铁路将通车 13站串起湖北首条市郊客运线 (Wuhan-Xianning Intercity Railway to start service soon. Thirteen station along Hubei's first suburban passenger railway), 2013-12-16
- See the detailed system map at http://bbs.cnhubei.com/thread-1538025-1-1.html
- 武咸城际铁路12月28日通车全程28分钟票价约30元 (Wuhan-Xianning Intercity Railway to open on December 28 . A trip along the entire line to take 28 minutes, with the fare around 30 yuan), 2013-12-20.