Xiamen-Shenzhen HSR, 1st rail corridor on China's SE coast

Updated: 24 Dec 2013
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The Xiamen–Shenzhen high-speed railway is the first railway corridor on the southern coast of China.
The Xiamen–Shenzhen High-speed Railway is a dual-track, electrified, high-speed rail line on the southern coast of China. The line, also known as the Xiashen Railway (厦深铁路), is named after its two terminal cities, Xiamen in Fujian Province and Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, next to Hong Kong. Boasting a total length of 502.4 km, the line will form part of China's Southeast Coast High-Speed Rail Corridor.

The Xiamen–Shenzhen high-speed railway is the first railway corridor on the southern coast of China. Construction commenced in November 2007, but the opening of the line has been delayed due to further safety reviews and inspections after the Wenzhou High-Speed Railway crash that killed 40 people. In addition, the Fujian section of the Shenzhen-Xiamen Railway encountered a knotty situation due to construction difficulties in the 9,898-metre-long Liangshan Tunnel in Zhangzhou, further hampering progress on the project. In 2010, it was expected that the line would open in October 2013. However, test runs did not commence until November 2013, with the expected opening date now stated as 28th December 2013. 
The 502.4 km-long dual-track rail line will link 2 special economic zones in China, Xiamen and Shenzhen, starting from Xiamen North Station (厦门北站), running through Qianchang (前场), Jiaomei (角美), Zhangzhou South(漳州南), Yangkui (洋奎), Zhangpu (漳浦), Yunxiao (云霄), Zhao’an (诏安), Raoping (饶平) Chaoshan (潮汕), Chaoyang (潮阳), Puning (普宁), Kuitan (葵潭), Lufeng (陆丰), Shanwei (汕尾), Houmen, Huidong (惠东), Huizhou South (惠州南), Pingshan (坪山) and ending at Shenzhen North Railway Station (深圳北站).

With a designed speed of 250 kilometers per hour, the travel time from Xiamen to Shenzhen by train is expected to be shortened to less than 4 hours, and the Fuzhou to Shenzhen travel time is expected to be about 5.5 hours.

After the opening of the railway line, Xiamen is poised to become a railway hub joining 3 high-speed railways including the Fuzhou-Xiamen Railway, Longyan-Xiamen Railway and Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway, in China's southeast coast.
Xiamen-Shenzhen High-speed Railway entered test operations on 28th November.
On 1st December, the long-awaited railway entered test operations ahead of the official launch of the 502.4-km-long line on the 28th of this month, and the tests will last until 23rd December.

According to China Railway Corporation, 28 pairs of trains are now confirmed to be running on the railway after the official launch of the highly-anticipated line.

Starting from 28th December, 8 pairs of trains will run between the Fuzhou South Railway Station and Shenzhen North, including trains No. D2295/6, D2297/8, D2301/2, D2303/4, D2305/6, D2311/2, D2308/7, D2310/09; 4 pairs between Xiamen North and Shenzhen North, including D2315/6, D2317/8, D2319/20, D2313/4; and 2 pairs between Longyan and Shenzhen North, including D2351/2 and D2353/4.

In addition, 1 pair of trains will also run between Longyan Railway Station and Shanghai Hongqiao, 1 pair between Nanchang West and Shenzhen North, 1 pair between Nanjing South and Shenzhen North, 2 pairs between Shanghai Hongqiao and Shenzhen North, 1 pair between Hangzhou East and Shenzhen North, 1 pair between Wenzhou South and Shenzhen North, 1 pair between Fuzhou South and Longyan, and 2 pairs between Nanchang West and Xiamen.

Apart from that, services on 7 pairs of passenger trains will then be halted after 28th December, including trains No. K638/5, K636/7 from Fuzhou to Shenzhen, and trains D6255, D6256, D6257, D6258, D6259, D6260, D6261, D6262, D6263, D6264, D6265, D6266 from Fuzhou to Xiamen.

Ticket information revealed suggests prices will be RMB 190 and RMB 160 for first-class and second-class seats, respectively, from Xiamen North Station to Shenzhen North Railway Station.

The initial timetable of bullet train departures and arrivals on the highly-anticipated Xiamen-Shenzhen High-speed Railway have been released to the public and are as follows:
Ticket prices and bullet train timetables are subject to change in accordance with the official announcement. Passengers can check for the latest updated schedule at the Xiamen Railway Station.
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