Railways Bring New Hopes to Jinhua
In recent years, Jinhua's construction of railways has boomed. At the end of 2014, the Hangzhou-Changsha section of the Shanghai-Kunming High-Speed Railway opened, which made Jinhua enter the era of high-speed rails; at the end of 2015, the new Jinhua-Wenzhou Railway was opened, creating a T-shape with the Shanghai-Kunming railway; two years later, the Quzhou-Jiujiang Railway was opened; and in 2020, the Quzhou-Ningde and Jinhua-Taizhou Railways are expected to be put into operation and play an important role in making a comprehensive national transportation hub out of Jinhua.
Quzhou-Ningde Railway: Connecting Cities in Southwest Zhejiang
The Quzhou-Ningde Railway, starting from the section of the Zhejiang-Jiangxi Railway at Quzhou East Station, enters Fujian Province via five cities of Zhejiang Province—Longyou, Suichang, Songyang, Longquan, and Qingyuan—passes Songxi, Zhenghe, Jian'ou, Pingnan, Zhouning, and more in Fujian Province, and finally accesses the Hangzhou-Shenzhen Railway at Ningde Station. The main line of this railway is approximately 366.5 km, and its estimated investment is 30.7 billion RMB.
The Quzhou-Ningde Railway is designed as a national first-rate electric railway, which shares the same section with Quzhou-Lishui Railway between Quzhou East Station and Songyang Station. Composed of two sections, its Quzhou-Songyang section is bidirectional, with a design speed of 200 km per hour, while the the Songyang-Ningde section is unidirectional, with a design speed of 160 km per hour.
Construction began on the Zhejiang section of the Quzhou-Ningbo Railway in the end of 2014. At the end of 2018, it entered the phase of track-laying, and it is expected to be operational by the end of September 2020.
The Quzhou-Ningde Railway, upon its inclusion in the national railway network, ended the era of poor transportation between Suichang, Songyang, Longquan, and Qingyuan. This new cross-provincial railway corridor was built between Southwest Zhejiang and North Fujian, connecting the Shanghai-Kunming corridor in the northwest and the Coastal Corridor in the southeast, which is of great significance in promoting tourism and industrial development in various locations along the line and leveraging economic development. From the perspective of strengthening external communication, the Quzhou-Ningde Railway has opened up a new convenient logistics channel for Jinhua to connect with the southeast coast of Fujian.
Jinhua-Taizhou Railway: Realizing Pan'an's Railway Dream
The Jinhua-Taizhou Railway is the first locally-constructed electric railway in Zhejiang Province, connecting the Shanghai-Kunming Corridor with the Coastal Corridor and forming a fast and convenient transportation system in the eastern and central regions of Zhejiang. This railway connects Taizhou with the central and southern regions of Zhejiang, the northeastern regions of Jiangxi Province, the southern regions of Anhui Province, and the northern regions of Fujian Province. After opening to traffic, the transportation between Pan'an and Xianju will be greatly improved, which is important in the development of tourism, logistics, and industry along the line.
The main line of the Jinhua-Taizhou Railway stretches for 148.49 km, with a design speed of 160 km per hour. It is a national first-rate unidirectional railway for both passengers and freight, and its investment is about 16 billion RMB. Stations along the line include Yongkang South, Jinyun, Pan'an South, Xianju, Linhai South, Taizhou South, and Toumen Port.
According to the officials in charge of the construction and management center of Jinhua's comprehensive transportation hub, the Jinhua-Taizhou Railway is planned to be completed by the end of September 2020, and it will be officially opened to traffic by the end of 2020. It will connect Toumen Port—the core port of Taizhou—with Jinhua, the logistics hub of Central Zhejiang, becoming a rear logistics channel for port logistics among Zhejiang coastal ports.
Pan'an is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Jinhua-Taizhou Railway. In order to maximize the influence brought by this railway, Pan'an plans to promote the comprehensive development and construction project of Pan'an South Station and to create a new railway town with “beautiful landscapes, excellent industries, and prosperous tourism.” Pan'an South Railway Station covers an area of more than 1,830 acres, which offers a great chance for development. Its features of being a modern industrial park with the characteristics of a mountain city will provide an advantage in developing the modern logistics industry by means of the convenience of transportation. (By Xu Zhaohui, translated by Wei Han, edited by Kendra Fiddler)