By Zhu Beining
On 19 November, National Development and Reform Commission approved the feasibility study report of Shanghai-Nanjing-Hefei high speed railway ( known as ‘Beiyanjiang High Speed Railway’) officially, which laid a solid foundation for overall start of the project next year.
The project starts from Shanghai Baoshan station in Shanghai, passes Suzhou, Nantong, Taizhou, Yangzhou, Nanjing in Jiangsu province, and Chuzhou and Hefei in Anhui province, goes through Hefei south station. The length of the line is 554.6 km, including 519.9 km new railway and 34.7 km existing railway. There are 16 stations along the line, among them 10 are new stations. Shanghai Baoshan and Nanjing north bullet train operation depots will be built and Nantong bullet train operation depot will be expanded. The railway’s grade is high speed railway. The number of tracks is 2. The design speed is 350 km/h.
As the feasibility study was approved by National Development and Reform Commission, Beiyanjiang High Speed Railway preliminary control project - Qidong passenger train service station will complete preliminary design and construction drawings check and approval as soon as possible, to ensure the start of construction of preliminary control project.