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Piling work on new rail line begins


Piling work on the Shanghai section of a high-speed railway connecting Shanghai with Suzhou in Jiangsu Province and Huzhou in Zhejiang Province has begun in suburban Songjiang District.

The first pile for the 29-kilometer track in the city has been erected at Shihudang Town, China Railway Shanghai Group said yesterday.

Piling work in the Zhejiang and Jiangsu sections of the line is already under way.

The 163.8-km line will carry trains reaching 350 kilometers per hour and pass through seven stations — Shanghai Hongqiao, Songjiang South, Fenhu, Shengze, Nanxun, Huzhou East and Huzhou.

It will connect with other key high-speed lines such as the Nanjing-Hangzhou, Huzhou-Hangzhou and Shangqiu-Hefei-Hangzhou routes as part of the Yangtze River Delta region network.

It will also feature a variety of tourist attractions such as the Taihu Lake national scenic area, Sheshan National Forest Park, and Shengze Wetland Park as well as the Zhujiajiao, Liantang, Jinze, Lili, Nanxun and Zhenze watertowns.