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Faster by rail to the city

VISITORS from neighboring provinces will have faster routes to Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo with two rail lines and a rail transport hub opening to passengers during the event.

The inter-city railway between Shanghai and Jiangsu Province's Nanjing City is expected to be in use by July while a service between Shanghai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province will be ready by October.

The trains used will be able to reach a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour.

Railway officials said the lines will "provide convenient traffic to the city."

Shanghai Railway Bureau, which is responsible for rail services in Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and part of Anhui, plans to invest over 100 billion yuan (US$14.65 billion) this year in rail infrastructure mainly in east China.

The Shanghai-Nanjing railway will cut travel time to about 75 minutes from the current 120 minutes. The line is expected to carry 48.5 million passengers annually by 2020.

The Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway will cut the journey to 38 minutes from the current more than an hour, officials said.

The two new lines will terminate at Shanghai's Hongqiao Railway Station. The station, part of the Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub, will handle over 80 million passengers a year.


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