Pub­lic com­ment sought on Bei­jing-Xion­gan rail

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length of 100.3 kilo­me­ters.

The new line will also pass through the cap­i­tal’s new air­port, which will be about 36 km from Liy­ing and about 64 km from Xion­gan New Area. The air­port is ex­pected to open in 2019.

The ex­is­tence of a rail­way plan was re­ported in April by Tian­jin News. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, a plan­ning map showed two rail­way sta­tions in the new area — Xion­gan Rail­way Sta­tion and Xion­gan East Rail­way Sta­tion. The en­v­i­ron- km men­tal assess­ment cov­ers the lat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to an ear­lier re­port, the Tian­jin-Xion­gan rail­way route will con­nect the area with Tian­jin’s new rail­way sta­tion, which is also in the plan­ning stages.

An older rail line is al­ready in oper­a­tion. Pas­sen­gers must trans­fer in Baod­ing or Tian­jin to get to the Xion­gan area on high-speed rail. Since July 7, four daily high-speed rail­way ser­vices have been started. The jour­ney takes one hour and 50 min­utes.

The new Bei­jing-Xion­gan line fol­lows a dif­fer­ent route.

Xion­gan New Area is lo­cated in the cen­ter of a tri­an­gu­lar area de­fined by Bei­jing, Tian­jin and Shi­ji­azhuang, cap­i­tal of He­bei prov­ince.

Lo­cated about 100 km south­west of down­town Bei­jing, the new area will mostly cover Xiongx­ian, Rongcheng and Anxin coun­ties in He­bei.

It will even­tu­ally en­com­pass 2,000 square kilo­me­ters, with a pop­u­la­tion of up to 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

Un­der the area’s de­vel­op­ment plan, a ma­jor trans­porta­tion net­work should be in place in Xion­gan by 2020. The area will be well con­nected to Bei­jing, Tian­jin and other cities in He­bei by 2022, when the Win­ter Olympic Games will be held.

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 sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy units.

To­tal length of the high-speed rail­way that will link Bei­jing to Xion­gan New Area

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