Business and economy tickets on several trains from Shanghai to Nantong on Wednesday had sold out by 4pm on Tuesday after being on sale at 11am.
The first phase of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong railway will cut the travel time between Shanghai and Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu Province to around an hour and six minutes from the current three and a half hours, China Railway Shanghai Group announced.
There will be up to 44 round trips a day, the group said.
Business and economy tickets for trains to Nantong leaving Shanghai Railway Station at 11:28am and 1:37pm; 1:03pm, 2:35pm and 9:54pm from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, sold out on 12306, the country’s online railway ticket-booking platform.
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.
Online travel operator Trip.com said searches for hotels in Nantong, Taizhou and Yangzhou had soared 28 percent, 15 percent and 29 percent on Tuesday after tickets sales began compared with Monday figures.
Anting West Station covering nearly 2,000 square meters has three ticket vending machines and 640 seats.