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Zhangjiagang to become regional transport hub

The red line shows the planned route of the South Jiangsu Railway, which will run from Nanjing to Shanghai. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

The two new high-speed railways connecting cities in Jiangsu province that are set to begin construction in 2018 will both pass through Zhangjiagang, the local government announced.

The South Jiangsu Railway will connect the Jiangsu provincial capital, Nanjing, with Shanghai, passing through cities including Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou and Zhangjiagang on the way.

The new line, which will have a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour, is set to be completed in 2020.

The other new railway, the Nantong-Suzhou-Jiaxing Railway, will run 191 kilometers north to south from Nantong, passing Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Suzhou before terminating in Jiaxing in northern Zhejiang province. Trains on the line are expected to reach speeds of up to 250 kilometers per hour.

In another piece of good news for Zhangjiagang, the Yancheng-Nantong Railway is also set to be extended to Zhangjiagang to connect it with the Nantong-Suzhou-Jiaxing line.

As a result, the Shanghai-Nantong Railway, Nantong-Suzhou-Jiaxing Railway and Nanjing-Shanghai Railway will all meet at Zhangjiagang, making the county-level city an important regional transport hub in Jiangsu province.