"Yunnan has 13 railway projects under construction now. The investment in railway construction has totaled 1.509 billion yuan so far this year. Besides, three new railways, namely the Baoshan-Ruili Railway, Lijiang-Shangri La Railway and Yuxi-Mohan Railway, are estimated to start construction this year." said Liu Bosheng(刘柏盛), the chief of Kunming Railway Bureau, who is also a representative of NPC, on March 5.
The new railway station of Kunming will be put into service by 2016
Kunming's new railway station is located under Longtan Mountain(龙潭山) of Chenggong District, at a distance about 7 kilometers away from Dianchi Lake and around 28 kilometers away from the present Kunming Railway Station.
Its construction was started from November last year, and is estimated to be completed along with the construction of the being-built Yunnan-Guilin Railway by the year of 2016.
The new railway station will be an integrated transport hub gathering railways, metro lines, buses and taxis together. According to Liu, the new railway station will connect with several newly constructed railways, including Yunnan-Guilin High-speed Railway, Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway and Kunming-Yuxi Railway, etc. It will also connect with urban Kunming by Metro Line 1, 4 and 9.
After its constuction, all passengers can take inter-city trains and bullet trains there. By then, the new railway station is estimated to receive 4,693 passengers within a year, with 303 pairs of trains and 128,000 passengers passing by per day.
Construction of Yuxi-Mengzi Railway and the mprovement project of Kunming Railway Station will be completed in the year.
Yunnan has 13 railway projects under construction now, which has been invested with 1.509 billion yuan this year so far. The total investment is aimed to be 30 billion yuan in 2014.
According to Liu, Yuxi-Mengzi Railway will be put into service within the year, connecting the present Kunming-Yuxi Railway and Mengzi-Hekou Raiway. At that time, residents can go to Hekou by trains.
Yunnan will see its first bullet train in 2016
Shanghai-Kunming high-speed railway, with a length of 2,066 kilometers, is the first and the only high-speed railway in Yunnan.
The railway passes 6 provincial capitals, namely Kunming, Guiyang, Changsha, Nanchang, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
Its construction was started from September of 2010, and is estimated to be finished in 2016. By then, it will only take 8 hours for passengers to travel through the Kunming-Shanghai railway, which will save 27 hours for passengers to take the present Shanghai-Kunming railway.
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(Editors: Tracy, Cathy Chen)