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Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway

Not to be confused with Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway.


Guangzhou–Zhuhai Railway (Chinese: 广珠铁路) is a railway, currently under construction, between Jiangcun (Chinese: 江村) in Guangzhou and Gaolan Port (Chinese: 高栏港) in Zhuhai, via the cities of Foshan and Jiangmen, in Guangdong, China.

Role

The railway will mainly be used for freight transportation with some passenger transportations available. It will consist of a total length of 186 kilometers and 11 stations. Trains will travel at an estimated 120 km/h.[1]

Another intercity rail between Guangzhou and Zhuhai, "Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway", which will be mainly for passenger transportation, also started construction in 2005 and will be completed in 2010.[2] Since the intercity rail will take up the role of the passenger service between Guangzhou and Zhuhai, this can explain why Guangzhou–Zhuhai Railway will not be routed via Guangzhou City Area.[3]

History

This railway project was approved by the State Development Planning Commission in 1993. The construction originally started in 1997, but it was stopped later due to lack of funds. Construction was resumed in 2007; at the time, it was expected to be completed in 2011.[1][4] However, work did not proceeded as fast as expected; as of December 2011, it was reported that although most of the critical components of the project was completed, there was still about 100 m to go at the Jiangmen tunnel (see below), and the Jiangbei Bridge was still under construction.[5]

In mid-October 2012, it was reported that the construction work has been essentially completed, and the railway was expected to open before the end of the year.[6]

Jiangmen tunnel

Constructing the railway involves digging a 9185 m long tunnel in Jiangmen. By May 2010, over half of the tunnel had been dug, and the entire tunnel was expected to be completed by the end of February 2011.[7] However, as of December 2011 it was reported that the workers still had about 100 m to go.[5]

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