The bullet train D1611 is seen at Shijiazhuang Railway Station in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei Province, Dec. 28, 2017. Shijiazhuang-Jinan high-speed railway was put into use on Thursday. The railway links Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, with Jinan, capital of Shandong Province. The opening of the high-speed railway marks significant progress in the construction of the country's high-speed railway network, which involves four north-south routes and four east-west ones. (Xinhua/Mu Yu)
SHIJIAZHUANG, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Operation started Thursday on a 298 kilometer high-speed rail way linking Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, to Jinan, capital of Shandong Province in east China.
The line is a key high-speed rail line running between the east and the west. It creates a bridge between two key north-to-south lines, the Beijing-Guangzhou and Beijing-Shanghai express rail lines, and further integrates China's express rail network.
Trains run at a speed of 250 kilometers per hour. Travel time of a Shijiazhuang-Jinan journey is cut to two hours and nine minutes from three hours and 47 minutes, China Railway said.
Construction of the railway started in 2014.