China to build underwater bullet train route

The new rail route will significantly shorten the journey between Zhoushan and Hangzhou.

There’s no slowing China’s high-speed rail ambitions.
Beijing has just green lighted a project to build the first underwater bullet train route in China.

The line will connect Ningbo, a port city south of Shanghai, to Zhoushan, an archipelago off the east coast.

The proposed underwater tunnel will be a part of the 77-kilometer Yong-Zhou Railway plan (Yong is the nickname of Ningbo) to boost tourism and create a two-hour-commute zone within Zhejiang Province.

First mentioned in a government transportation plan in 2005, the feasibility study of the Yong-Zhou Railway plan was approved by Beijing in November.

Within the 77 km (47.8 miles) railway route, some 70.92 km of tracks will be newly built, including a 16.2 km undersea section.

Line to significantly shorten journey

When completed, the Yong-Zhou Railway will connect Ningbo East Station and Zhoushan (Baiquan) Station by high-speed trains that hit a maximum speed of 250 kilometers per hour.

The new route, connecting to the existing vast high-speed rail network in China, will transport travelers from Hangzhou — capital city of Zhejiang — to Zhoushan in 80 minutes.

The current journey takes about 4.5 hours by bus or a 2.5-hour drive by personal vehicle.

Seven stations are planned for the entire route, including four new stations and three redeveloped ones.

In addition to the undersea tunnel, a road-rail bridge will be built to link parts of the archipelago.

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With a price tag of RMB 25.2 billion (or $3.6 billion), the project is expected to begin next year and is due for completion in 2025.

Zhoushan, some three hours’ drive south of Shanghai, is still relatively under-the-radar among international tourists.

But in terms of business, it’s one of the most noteworthy new state-level areas (or special economic-development zones designated by the Beijing government) in China.

Easy access to Boeing’s new China factory

With a price tag of RMB 25.2 billion (or $3.6 billion), the project is expected to begin next year and is due for completion in 2025.

Zhoushan, some three hours’ drive south of Shanghai, is still relatively under-the-radar among international tourists.

But in terms of business, it’s one of the most noteworthy new state-level areas (or special economic-development zones designated by the Beijing government) in China.

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