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Lanzhou West Railway Station

Lanzhou West Railway Station is located in Qilihe District, Lanzhou, Gansu Province on Xi Zhan Xi Road (西站西路). It is served by the Longhai Railway, Lan-Xin Railway, Lanzhou–Ürümqi High-Speed Railway (u/c) and Baoji–Lanzhou High-Speed Railway (u/c), in Lanzhou, Gansu, China.

Overview

Currently it is classed as a secondary station within Lanzhou, with most rail traffic stopping at nearby Lanzhou Railway Station, 8 km to the east. Currently just 11 services stop at this station, all for local and regional destinations within Gansu and Qinghai. This will change with a current redevelopment of the station and construction of a new high-speed railway bypassing Lanzhou Railway Station via a tunnel.

On December 21, 2012, a new railway commenced construction to link Lanzhou West Station to Lanzhou Zhongchuan Airport. It will 63 km in length and will be completed with in 3 to 4 years.

The Lanzhou West Railway Station officially closed on March 9, 2012, for renovation and construction. In the near future, passengers will need to head to the Lanzhou Railway Station to pick up all train routes.[1]

View of the exterior of the old Lanzhou West Railway Station.
Ticket Hall of the old Lanzhou West Railway Station. No train service here since March 2013 but ticketing service is still available.
View of the closed platforms of the old Lanzhou West Railway Station

New Lanzhou West Railway Station

Situated a kilometre to the west of the old station, a new high speed railway station is under construction. This station will become the centre for most high speed services in Lanzhou, equaling Lanzhou Railway Station in importance for long distance and regional rail services. Built on the site of a former rail freight yard, it will dwarf the old Lanzhou West Railway Station in almost every respect in terms of size and services, including long distance and local bus stations. It is anticipated to open by the end of 2014.[2]

Cranes above the new High Speed Railway Lanzhou West Railway Station under construction July 2013
Formwork rising up at the new High Speed Railway Lanzhou West Railway Station under construction July 2013
Artist's impression of the finished High Speed Railway Lanzhou West Railway Station currently under construction

References

  1. ^ http://www.echinacities.com/news/Lanzhou-West-Railway-Station-Closes
  2. ^ http://gs.cnr.cn/gsxw/gngj/201312/t20131231_514536028.shtml


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