Xi'an To Chengdu High-Speed Rail Completed, Enters Next Stage
The new Xi'an to Chengdu high speed rail line has entered the inspection phase as it prepares for a expected public opening before the end of this year. Trains on the line will have a top speed of 250km/h shortening the original route a whopping four times as quick, from at least 12 hours down to just three.
The high speed line will allow the public to take a day trip from Xi'an to Chengdu or vice versa, up till the opening of the railway only slower trains are available between the two cities taking from 12-16 hours.
Back in 2010 the line was first approved for construction by the State Development and Planning Commission and started work the next month, however difficult terrain has made the construction of the line a slow process. 92% of the line is said to be made up of tunnels and bridges most of which have been built as the railway traverses the Qinling mountain range. Six of the tunnels along the line are other 10km in length.
The line will connect up with another recently opened line from Xi'an to Lanzhou, allowing passengers to travel direct from Chengdu to Lanzhou. A concrete opening date has yet to be announced but will most likely come in the next few weeks if the line is expected to open by the end of the year, as stated by Xinhua.