Bul­let train ser­vice link­ing Bei­jing, Xion­gan New Area com­mences

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LUO WANGSHU in Bei­jing and ZHANG YU in Shi­ji­azhuang

The first bul­let train link­ing Bei­jing and the Xion­gan New Area de­parted from the Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion on Thurs­day.

It was the first of four high­speed ser­vices sched­uled to run daily. The jour­ney takes 1 hour and 50 min­utes.

The D6655 left at 8:08 am and made its first stop af­ter 80 min­utes at the new area’s Baiyang­dian Rail­way Sta­tion. The train’s ter­mi­nal is Baod­ing Rail­way Sta­tion in He­bei prov­ince, where it ar­rived at 9:58 am.

The re­turn train de­parted Baod­ing at 10:26 am and ar­rived in Bei­jing at 12:29 pm.

A pas­sen­ger, sur­named Xiao, took the first train from Baiyang­dian to Bei­jing. He said the ser­vice is con­ve­nient, sav­ing time and en­ergy.

The ser­vice also stops at Bazhou West, Baigou and Xushui sta­tions, which are all in He­bei.

“Pas­sen­gers no longer need to trans­fer trains to travel be­tween the new area and Bei­jing,” said Zhu Dian­ping, an official at the Bei­jing Rail­way Bureau’s sta­tion man­age­ment cen­ter.

“Be­fore the bul­let train ser­vice ex­isted, pas­sen­gers trav­el­ing from Baigou or Baiyang­dian to Bei­jing, had to trans­fer in Baod­ing or Tian­jin, which cost 82 yuan or 97 yuan ($12 or $14) re­spec­tively,” Zhu said, adding that the ticket fare for an econ­omy seat on the bul­let train from Baiyang­dian to Bei­jing is 45 yuan.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the new area was an­nounced in April, Baiyang­dian has re­ceived more visi­tors.

“Baiyang­dian Rail­way Sta­tion han­dled 500 trips a day last year. The num­ber has in­creased to 800 this year, and the daily peak reached 2,000

ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY

A pas­sen­ger takes a photo of his grand­son at Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion on Thurs­day be­fore they board a bul­let train head­ing to Baigou in He­bei prov­ince.

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