Workers begin laying rails on Monday for the expected railway line connecting Beijing and Hebei province's Xiongan New Area. (Photo: Xinhua)
BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Workers on Monday began laying tracks for the Beijing section of an intercity railway linking the capital with Xiongan New Area.
The intercity railway line, set to be operational by 2020, will be an important link between the urban areas of Beijing, the Beijing new airport and Xiongan New Area.
The railway starts with Liying Station in Daxing District, passes through Gu'an and Bazhou before reaching Xiongan station in the southwest.
The Beijing section of the railway line is expected to enter trial operation in July this year along with the Beijing Daxing International Airport or the Beijing new airport.
Workers are laying down 69 km of track from Liying station to the new airport, and the work needs to be completed in 15 days.
The intercity rail link will cut the commuting time between urban areas of Beijing and Xiongan from two hours to 30 minutes.