High-speed trains are scheduled to start running between Shenzhen and Wuhan on March 17, cutting travel time between the two cities to no more than five hours, Guangzhou Railway Group said yesterday.
Railway plans have been handed to the Ministry of Railway for approval.
Currently, passengers from Shenzhen to Wuhan and Changsha need to transfer at Guangzhou South Railway Station. The Guangzhou-Shenzhen high-speed rail opened Dec. 26, in time for the latest Spring Festival travel season.
According to Li Youyi, deputy director of Shenzhen’s rail construction office, Shenzhen has initiated tests of signals and connections on railway sections from Shenzhen to Guangzhou and Guangzhou to Wuhan.
Shenzhen North Railway Station will handle about 56 pairs of trains after the link opens, including 10 pairs to Changsha and 15 pairs to Wuhan. Travel from Shenzhen should take three hours and 15 minutes to Changsha, and four hours and 50 minutes to Wuhan.
The Shenzhen-Wuhan section is part of a national rail plan linking Beijing to Hong Kong. The 900-kilometer Wuhan-Shijiazhuang high-speed rail is preparing to open. The Wuhan-Zhengzhou section will open in the first half of this year, while the Zhengzhou-Shijiazhuang section will open at the end of the year.