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New hi-speed trains to begin rolling in January
Railway authorities have announced that three new express trains will start service this month on January 6 and construction will begin on two others.

Railway authorities have announced that three new express trains will start service this month on January 6 and construction will begin on two others. The new lines will run from Zhuhai to other parts of China, passing through Guangzhou.

Although those three new trains — traveling from Zhuhai to Shanghai, Guiyang, and Changsha — will begin carrying passengers the first month of 2017, railway authorities stopped short of disclosing the dates when the new service will be inaugurated.

Initially, the Zhuhai-Shanghai train is scheduled to make four runs per week, while the Zhuhai-Guiyang and Zhuhai-Changsha lines are slated for one trip per day. More trains will be added and routes will be extended in January for the existing lines in Guangdong. Among the benefits, Guangzhou and Bangbu of Anhui province will be connected by high speed rail, saving about 16 hours of travel time. Travelers in Shenzhen will have a more convenient journey to Wuyi Mountain of Fujian province by a new direct trip without transfer.

In addition to the three lines about to open, later in 2017, train services from Guangzhou North to Qingyuan, and Guangzhou South to Foshan West are expected to go into operation. In 2018, the rail section from Xintang in the Zengcheng district of Guangzhou to Shenzhen along the Guangzhou-Dongguan-Shenzhen Intercity Railway is scheduled for completion. Also, the rail section from Guangzhou South to Wanghong of Dongguan on the Foshan-Dongguan Intercity Railway will be completed by 2019. Xintang to Guangzhou North via Baiyun Airport is slated to begin service by 2020.

New routes from Guangdong as of January 2017

To Shanghai

Frequency: 4 trips every week
Stops: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Huizhou, Xiamen, Ningbo and HangzhouTravel time: 13 hours

To Guiyang

Frequency: 1 trip every day
Stops: Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Guangning, Hezhou, Gongcheng and RongjiangTravel time: 7 hours

To Changsha

Frequency: 1 trip every day
Stops: Guangzhou, Shaoguan, Chenzhou, Hengyang, Zhuzhou
Travel time: 4 hours

Additional and extended shifts

Guangzhou South to Nanchang West: 1 weekly trip

Shenzhen North to Fuzhou South: 4 trips

Guangzhou South to Naning East: 2 trips

Guangzhou South to Baise: 1 trip

G6102/21 from Guangzhou South to Changsha South will be extended to Bangbu South, with the code changed to G1748/7.
D2352/3 from Shenzhen North to Longyan will be rerouted to Wuyi Mountain East

(By Lynnus Tan, Louis Berney)

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