China opens railway to facilitate cross-Strait travel

Source: Xinhua| 2020-12-28 15:51:26|Editor: huaxia

The Fuzhou-Pingtan railway in east China's Fujian Province was opened to traffic on Saturday after seven years of construction, making it more convenient for Taiwan compatriots to travel to the mainland. The 88-km railway, designed to support high-speed trains traveling at a speed of up to 200 km per hour, connects the provincial capital of Fuzhou with the island county of Pingtan, where the Pingtan Comprehensive Pilot Zone was set up in 2009 to facilitate cross-Strait exchange and cooperation. The pilot zone currently houses around 1,000 Taiwan-invested firms. The Fuzhou-Pingtan railway will link Pingtan with major cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen through the transportation hub in Fuzhou, said Li Fei, an official with the China Railway Nanchang Group Co., Ltd. The railway includes the world's longest cross-sea road-rail bridge, the Pingtan Strait Road-rail Bridge. Starting Jan. 20, up to 17 sets of bullet trains will run on the line every day, up from 9.5 sets plying currently.