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Shenzhen-Maoming Trains to Integrate Western Guangdong into PRD Living Circle

In a bid to complete 54 bridges by August next year, works of the Shenzhen-Maoming Railway’s Maoming section is in full swing, taking the high-speed rail project in western Guangdong a step further.

Yangjiang, Maoming and Zhanjiang are three prefecture-level cities in western Guangdong.  The Shenzhen-Maoming Railway is the first high-speed rail under construction in western Guangdong.

Western Guangdong is currently served by one highway leading to the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region. However, the highway cannot meet even the normal traffic need, not to mention the peak volume during holiday. Seemingly close to the PRD, it takes a day or even longer for a trip back and forth. Subject to these constraints, western Guangdong has not been able to integrate into the PRD living circle.

Traffic congestion has hindered the development of a lot of attractions in western Guangdong which is rich in tourism resources. At the same time, its rich human resources are also constrained by traffic congestion. Nor is it conducive to industry relocation from the PRD; nor the promotion of economic development in western Guangdong.

The three cities in western Guangdong are large agricultural cities. Subject to inefficient transport and logistics links, many agricultural products cannot be transported to the markets outside the area at the earliest opportunity, resulting in economic losses. That said, after the Shenzhen-Maoming high-speed rail is up and running, people of western Guangdong going to Guangzhou to have morning tea, or people in Guangzhou tasting seafood dishes in western Guangzhou after work will be getting easier.

As a key segment of the coastal passage going from south to north, the Shenzhen-Maoming Railway is the first link in the express railway grid of eight north-south and eight east-west corridors, as well as the first high-speed rail link connecting the PRD with western Guangdong and Hainan.

Going from Shenzhen in the east, passing through Dongguan, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Yangjiang, to Maoming in the west, the main line covers a distance of 388 km. Construction is in two phases, the Jiangmen-Maoming and Shenzhen-Jiangmen sections, which is expected to be completed in 2018.

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