Shenzhen-Maoming High Speed Railway (Shenmao HSR) will be open to traffic in October 2017 ahead of schedule, Southern Metropolitan Daily reported.
Once Shenmao HSR is opened to traffic, the travel time between Guangzhou and Maoming will be shortened to 2.5 hours from the current 5 hours, and that between Shenzhen and Maoming will be reduced to less than 3 hours from 7 hours.
Shenmao HSR is going to end the history of no high-speed railway in western Guangdong and greatly facilitate the transportation condition.
According to the construction plan, it was expected to be finished by the end of 2018. Related officials in Maoming revealed that the operation time of Shenmao HSR could be moved up to October 2017, about one year earlier than originally expected, judging from the construction progress of Maoming section.
Shenmao HSR has a total line length of 387 km and a total investment of around 59.3 billion yuan (about 10 billion dollars), aiming at a speed of 200 km per hour. As the first high-speed railway connecting the Pearl River Delta and the west of Guangdong, Shenmao HSR starts from Shenzhen North Railway Station, passing Dongguan, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Yangjiang, and terminates at Maoming East Railway Station.
As the owner of an enterprise in Maoming, Mr. Li said, “I hope Shenmao HSR could start running as soon as possible so that Maoming will have more convenient transportation. Since the factory cost in Maoming is lower than that in the Pearl River Delta, so the enterprises in Maoming will enjoy better development.”
Li Hongjun, mayor of Maoming, said, “Shenmao HSR will bring new opportunities for Maoming’s tourism development and investment promotion. Maoming has unique and rich tourism resources. People in Guangzhou and Shenzhen can enjoy the beautiful scenery and exciting diving in Fangji Island Amusement World after a less than 3-hour railway trip.”
It is estimated that after the rail opens, the Jiangmen-Maoming section will be able to carry more than 10 million passengers per year by 2025 and 22 million per year by 2035.