The first phase of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong railway which operates from July 1 will cut the travel time between Shanghai and Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu Province to an hour and six minutes from the current three and a half hours, China Railway Shanghai Group announced on Monday.
The number of trains on the route will be different on working days, weekends and festivals, with up to 44 round trips a day, the group said.
There will be six cargo train round trips a day.
The railway cuts out transfers in Nanjing, thus cutting the travel time between Shanghai and Nantong significantly, the group said.
The first phase of the project is the Zhaodian-Huangdu section, stretching 143 kilometers.
It starts in Nantong and ends in Shanghai’s Jiading District.
It crosses the Yangtze River, and has nine stations — Zhaodian, Nantong West, Zhangjiagang North, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicang Port, Taicang, Taicang South and Anting West.
It has a designed speed of 200 kilometers per hour and will improve the rail network of the Yangtze River Delta region and regional transport system, and be of major significance in promoting regional integration.