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Intercity rail along Yangtze gains speed

- By ZHUANG QIANGE zhuangqian­ He Jingwei and Zhu Xuehan contribute­d to this story.

Constructi­on of an intercity railway project along the river in southern Jiangsu province sees a leap forward as the main building of Jurong Station, a major station along the rail and a future transporta­tion hub for the county-level city, is nearing completion with a “breakthrou­gh” achieved in capping work recently, the project builder said.

China Railway 24th Bureau Group Corp Ltd (CR24), a unit of State-owned China Railway Constructi­on Corp, said its team completed cap installati­on for Jurong Station on Friday and started the interior decorating work, readying the station for the official operation of the intercity railway along the Yangtze River within this year.

“Lifting a 380-metric-ton framework 10.8 meters high, moving it inch-by-inch to its destinatio­n and then settling it on the main building of a railway station covering 14.9 square kilometers … We knew at the beginning that the capping work would be difficult, but the real constructi­on turned out to be harder,” said Qiu Fuxiang, a project manager with CR24.

Leveraging the BIM (building informatio­n modeling) simulation before launching on-site constructi­on, Qiu’s team, together with experts from Southeast University and building institutes in Jiangsu’s Zhenjiang city where Jurong is located, managed to lift and “help the station wear” its “giant steel hat” with 12 hydraulic jacking machines placing the cap framework in the planned position, the manager said.

“To build the cap framework in one go is tough, but worth all the effort as the work not only marks a milestone in constructi­on of Jurong Station, but it will also lay a solid foundation for the future expansion project,” Qiu said, adding that preparatio­n of the combined constructi­on work of a new station which has two platforms and will be linked by six other rails nearby with the Jurong Station, is also underway.

According to the State-owned builder, Jurong is among a batch of areas benefiting from the intercity railway, which will bring one-hour intercity trips to more passengers living in the Yangtze River Delta region.

With a designed speed of 350 kilometers per hour, the 278 km intercity line is a major part of China’s riverside railway constructi­on plan, and is the second intercity line between Shanghai and Nanjing, Jiangsu province. After completion, the railway will enhance connectivi­ty in the delta region by facilitati­ng trips between Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Changzhou, Wuxi, Suzhou in Jiangsu province and Shanghai.

The National Bureau of Statistics said investment in the infrastruc­ture sector rose 7.1 percent year-onyear in the first half, reflecting the nation’s resolve described in the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25) to upgrade its infrastruc­ture nationwide, despite disruption­s by external uncertaint­ies and COVID-19 resurgence­s.

Local government­s in the same period have issued 3.41 trillion yuan ($504.8 billion) worth of new special bonds, which offer support to over 23,800 projects, 13,000 of them being newly launched, the Ministry of Finance said. The nation saw the beginning of constructi­on on nearly 170 new highways and national and provincial road projects, with total investment reaching 291 billion yuan.

 ?? PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY ?? An aerial view of Jurong Station in Jiangsu province.
PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY An aerial view of Jurong Station in Jiangsu province.

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