SW China's 1st High-speed Rail Starts Track-laying
Xinhua, 2rd December, 2012
Sichuan province began to lay tracks on Sunday for the first high-speed railway in mountainous southwest China, where ancient visitors called a trip there harder than that to heaven.
The railway, which will link cities including the cities of Mianyang, Deyang, Chengdu
, stretches 312 kilometers across the Wenchuan earthquake struck areas.
Workers will lay down tracks about six kilometers a day, and work will be completed by the end of 2013. High-speed trains will run at a designed speed of 200 kilometers per hour.
The total investment for the line will reach 40.5 billion yuan ($6.4 billion). There are 30 million residents along the railway.
The railway is expected to make transportation more convenient in China's southwestern regions neighboring a few Southeast Asian nations.
China opened the world's first high-speed rail line in areas with extreme low temperatures on Saturday, bringing the country's high-speed rails in operation to 8,600 kilometers, the longest worldwide.
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