The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong railway opened on July 1, cutting the travel time between Shanghai and Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu Province to around an hour and six minutes from the current three and a half hours.
There will be up to 44.5 round trips for passengers a day, plus six round trips for cargos, to be run on either regular, weekend, or peak lines.
The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge, the world’s first bridge with a main span of over 1,000 kilometers for both highways and railways, also opened to traffic. It is the second dual-use bridge in Jiangsu, after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.
The first phase of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong railway is the 143-kilometer Zhaodian-Huangdu section. With a maximum speed of 200 km per hour, it crosses the Yangtze River and has nine stations – Zhaodian, Nantong West, Zhangjiagang North, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang Port, Taicang, Taicang South and Anting West.
There are six other railways under construction in the province, with a total mileage of 1,021 kilometers and a total investment of more than 180 billion yuan ($25.5 billion). They include the 197-kilometer Huai’an-Zhenjiang section of the Lianyungang-Huai’an-Yangzhou-Zhenjiang Railway, the 180-kilometer Lianyungang-Xuzhou High-speed Railway, the 157-kilometer Yancheng-Nantong Railway, the 278-kilometer inter-city railway along the Yangtze River in southern Jiangsu province, the 156-kilometer Jiangsu section of the Nanjing-Huai’an High-speed Railway, and the 53-kilometer Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou High-speed Railway.