Taicang ushers in new era of high-speed rail
C3839, the first business bullet train to run from Nantong to Shanghai, stops at Taicang Station at 12:15, July 1. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The long-awaited Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway started operating in July, ushering in a new era of bullet trains in Taicang, a county-level city in Suzhou, Jiangsu province.
The rail line crosses the Yangtze River via the Shanghai-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge, passes Taicang and Taicangnan Stations, and terminates at Jiading district in Shanghai.
Taicangnan Station in the New Science and Education Town [Photo/WeChat account: tcfbgw]
According to local authorities, Taicang and Taicangnan Stations will be built into first-class railway hubs and will facilitate closer ties between Taicang and Shanghai.
On the bullet train, it takes only 15 minutes to travel from Shanghai to Taicang.
The opening of the line is of great significance in enhancing Taicang's advantages as a bridgehead and transport hub in the Yangtze River Delta, according to local authorities.
In the initial period of operation, the railway department will operate a maximum of 44.5 pairs of passenger trains and six pairs of freight trains per day.
Taicang will double down efforts to improve its business and living environment to avoid the possibility of talent drain along the rail line. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Zhang Zhenwei, a spokesperson for Kern-Liebers (Taicang), a 100-percent foreign owned company and the first German company in Taicang, said the rail line will add to the city's logistic edges (water transportation around Taicang port) and bring in innovative and international resources from neighboring areas.
He also urged the city to create a better business and living environment to avoid the possibility of talent drain along the rail line.