Deep­est rail sta­tion com­ing to Badal­ing

High-speed line will be key part of in­fra­struc­ture for 2022 Olympics

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The Badal­ing sec­tion of the Great Wall will soon of­fer an­other unique at­trac­tion — the world’s deep­est and largest high-speed rail­way sta­tion.

It will be lo­cated along the 174-kilo­me­ter Bei­jing-Zhangji­akou Rail­way, which is still un­der con­struc­tion.

“The Badal­ing sta­tion will be lo­cated 102 me­ters be­low the sur­face, with an un­der­ground con­struc­tion area of 36,000 squareme­ters, equal to five stan­dard soc­cer fields, mak­ing it the deep­est and largest high-speed rail­way sta­tion in the world,” Chen Bin, di­rec­tor in charge of con­struc­tion for China Rail­way No 5 En­gi­neer­ing Group, said on Wednes­day.

The un­der­ground sta­tion will have three floors, sep­a­rate lev­els for ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing pas­sen­gers — sim­i­lar to air­ports — and two es­ca­la­tors with ver­ti­cal heights of 62 me­ters, the high­est in the coun­try, he added.

Ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of 2019, the rail­way is con­sid­ered a vi­tal link be­tween the three venue clus­ters for the 2022 Win­ter Olympics, which will be held in Bei­jing and in Zhangji­akou, He­bei prov­ince.

The rail­way will have 10 sta­tions and two branch lines con­nect­ing Yan­qing and Chongli, aim­ing to smooth the res­i­den­tial traf­fic and fuel lo­cal eco­nomic growth, said He Yi, head of the ma­jor project con­struc­tion de­part­ment of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-De­vel­op­ment.

The rail­way, with a de­signed max­i­mum speed of 350 kilo­me­ters per hour, will shorten the commute time be­tween the Bei­jing North Sta­tion and the Olympics venues in Chongli of Zhangji­akou from the cur­rent three-plus hours to around 50 min­utes, He said.

It is es­ti­mated that the 2022 Win­ter Olympics and the high-speed rail­way will boost the econ­omy of Zhangji­akou by 10 per­cent an­nu­ally, rail­way group for the Badal­ing sec­tion.

“We have to keep the high qual­ity of the con­struc­tion as a pri­or­ity, sowe­can build an­other project tomatchthe old rail­way in the re­gion and make us proud,” he said.

Qin­g­longqiao sta­tion, near the Badal­ing Great Wall, has been a sta­tion on the coun­try’s first self-de­signed and con­structed rail­way since 1904, and still serves pas­sen­gers.

ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY

A worker ex­plains a di­a­gram of the Badal­ing Sta­tion of the Jingzhang High-Speed Rail­way on Wednes­day.

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