High-speed rail sees rapid development in first half of year

Train attendants in costumes put on a performance at the Xingshan Railway Station along the Zhengzhou-Chongqing high-speed railway on June 20 when the railway's Xiangyang-Wanzhou north section was put into operation, marking the full operation of the Zhengzhou-Chongqing high-speed railway. (Photo: Xinhua)

China opened more than 2,000 kilometers of new railways in the first half of this year, and nearly half are high-speed railways, the national railway operator China State Railway Group said.

In the first six months of this year, 2,043.5 km of new railways were put into operation, and 995.9 km were high-speed lines. The new lines and railway related projects include the high-profile Zhengzhou-Chongqing high-speed railway's Xiangyang-Wanzhou section, the Zhengzhou-Jinan high-speed railway's Puyang and Zhengzhou section, the Hotan-Ruoqiang railway and the Beijing Fengtai Railway Station.

Over the past six months, other major projects under construction included the Sichuan-Tibet railway, the Yunnan-Tibet railway and the Chongqing-Kunming high-speed railway.

The railway construction projects have played an important role in stabilizing and boosting the nation's economy, the company said.

The group will continue to speed up construction to further contribute to the economy throughout the rest of the year. Railway projects such as the Chongqing-Xiamen high-speed railway's Changde-Yiyang section and the Tangshan-Beijing railway will begin operation this year.