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Green light for city to Nantong rail link

WORK on a direct railway link between Shanghai and Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu Province is expected to start early next year - cutting the journey time from five hours to barely 60 minutes.

The 250-kilometer link will connect the cities directly by a railway bridge over the Yangtze River. Its construction has just been approved.

Vehicles will also be able to use the bridge, according to Nantong railway authorities.

At the moment, most people take buses to Nantong, in the north of Jiangsu, as there's no direct railway route between Shanghai and the city. People have to transfer in Nanjing if they want to travel by train, meaning a journey of around five hours.

The direct railway, designed with a traveling speed of about 200 kilometers per hour, will cost an estimated 48.68 billion yuan (US$7.50 billion), and tickets will be priced at about 70 yuan, Shanghai Evening Post reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, bullet trains will be available to rail travelers by next month along the Shanghai-Sichuan and Shanghai-Chongqing routes, rail authorities said.

The fast train services are expected to cut the journey from more than 25 hours to about 15 hours.

One service will be based at city's Hongqiao Railway Station. Each train carries around 600 passengers.


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