Rail­way map shows links toXion­gan

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By ZHANG YU in Shi­ji­azhuang zhangyu1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Plans for rail­ways link­ing the planned Xion­gan New Area in He­bei prov­ince with neigh­bor­ing Bei­jing and Tianjin were dis­closed re­cently on a map of the re­gion’s rail­way links, mark­ing the lat­est step in the new area’s devel­op­ment.

Rail­way lines from Xion­gan to Bei­jing and Tianjin were re­vealed, along with three other links, on a Tianjin rail­way plan­ning map, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Tianjin News.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the map shows two rail­way sta­tions in the new area — Xion­gan Rail­way Sta­tion and Xion­gan East Rail­way Sta­tion.

The Bei­jing-Xion­gan rail route will con­nect Xion­gan New Area with Bei­jing’s planned sec­ond air­port, 55 kilo­me­ters to the north of Xion­gan.

The Tianjin-Xion­gan rail­way route will con­nect the area with Tianjin’s new rail­way sta­tion, which is also in the plan­ning stages.

De­tails of the rail­ways in Xion­gan were not given.

The com­ing Xion­gan New Area, an eco­nomic zone an­nounced about a month ago, is lo­cated at the cen­ter of a tri­an­gu­lar area with Bei­jing, Tianjin, and Shi­ji­azhuang, He­bei’s cap­i­tal, at the cor­ners.

It cov­ers Xiongx­ian, Rongcheng and Anxin coun­ties in He­bei and will even­tu­ally span 2,000 square kilo­me­ters and has a pop­u­la­tion of up to 2.5 mil­lion.

With good road and rail ac­cess, Xion­gan res­i­dents will be able to reach any of the three cities in about 30 min­utes, Xinhua News Agency re­ported.

Un­der the area’s devel­op­ment plan, a ma­jor trans­porta­tion net­work should be in place in Xion­gan by

We need to take in­no­va­tive steps to bring down hous­ing prices and lift pub­lic ser­vices in the area.”

2020. The area will be well con­nected to Bei­jing, Tianjin and other cities in He­bei by 2022, when the Win­ter Olympic Games are held, ac­cord­ing to Xinhua.

Xion­gan New Area is in­tended to house the bulk of Bei­jing’s non­cap­i­tal func­tions, in­clud­ing some ad­min­is­tra­tive and pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions, com­pany head­quar­ters, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions and sci-tech units.

Of­fi­cials say that to en­hance the area’s at­trac­tive­ness to top-level tal­ent, it should de­velop with “peo­ple” be­ing the core by im­prov­ing pub­lic ser­vices, pro­mot­ing so­cial life and be­ing equipped with su­pe­rior re­sources in such ar­eas as ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal care, ac­cord­ing to a China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­port on Tues­day.

“I per­son­ally think the re­sources at Xion­gan will be su­pe­rior to those cur­rently avail­able in Bei­jing and Tianjin,” He Lifeng, head of the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, said in the re­port.

Yuan Tongli, vice-gov­er­nor of He­bei, said: “We need to take in­no­va­tive steps to bring down hous­ing prices and lift pub­lic ser­vices in the area.” Only this will at­tract top tal­ent, Yuan said.

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