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The First Through Train to Nantong Departs from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station
07/09/2020

At 11:28, July 1, the first pair of through trains departed from Shanghai Railway Station and West Nantong Railway Station respectively on the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway. At 13:03, D9570, the first train from Shanghai to Nantong also departed on time from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station.

 


The No. 21 Platform of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station was hustle-and-bustle at noon. Passengers were excited to get on D9570, the first through train from Shanghai to Nantong, and they took pictures with the train one after another. Though passengers wore masks, they were hard to hide the exciting emotion on their face.

 


At 13:03, the train left Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station for Nantong. After stopping at South Taicang Railway Station, Taicang Railway Station, Changshu Railway Station and Zhangjiagang Railway Station, the train arrived at Nantong at 14:41. The entire trip takes 1 hour and 38 minutes. On the first day when the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway opened to traffic, 17 trains departed from Shanghai (including from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) to Nantong, and 15 trains departed from Nantong to Shanghai.

 


At 13:40, C3755, the first train from Nantong Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, after stopping at West Nantong Railway Station, Zhangjiagang Railway Station, Changshu Railway Station and Taicang Railway Station, arrived at the No. 28 Platform of Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. The entire trip takes 1 hour and 36 minutes. As our reporter noticed, no passenger looked tired on the trip. As a passenger told our reporter, it took less than 30 minutes from Taicang to Shanghai. It’s a fast trip. After taking a nap on the train, one has arrived at Shanghai.

 

The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway starts from Nantong, Jiangsu Province, derives from Zhaodian Railway Station on the existing Nanjing-Qidong Railway, passes by Tongzhou District of Nantong, strides across the Yangtze River via Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Combined Highway and Railway Bridge on the Yangtze River, and arrives at Jiading District of Shanghai via Zhangjiagang, Changshu and Taicang. The railway is 143 kilometers long. The designed train speed is 200 kilometers per hour. The train stops at 9 stations: Zhaodian, West Nantong, North Zhangjiagang, Zhangjiagang, Changshu, Taicanggang, Taicang, South Taicang and West Anting.

 

The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway shortens the travel time from Shanghai to Nantong from 1 hour and 6 minutes. It also shortens the distance from Shanghai to Nantong and northern Jiangsu Province. This railway connects to the Yancheng-Nantong Railway (under construction), Lianyungang-Yancheng Railway, Nanjing-Qidong Railway and Xinyi-Changxing Railway (already finished construction and opened to traffic) in the north, and connects to Shanghai-Kunming High-speed Railway in the south. It creates a convenient railway transport system between eastern Shandong Province, northern Jiangsu Province, Shanghai, southern Jiangsu Province and eastern Zhejiang Province.

 

Since the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway opened to traffic, at the beginning, the trains will be operated based on different schedules for working days, weekends and peak hours. 6 pairs of freight trains will be operated every day, and 44.5 pairs of passenger trains will be operated at most. From Shanghai to Nantong, the ticket price for a first-class seat will be RMB 99 to RMB 132 and RMB 61 to RMB 83 for a second-class seat. From Nantong to Shanghai, the ticket price for a first-class seat will be RMB 110 to RMB 125 and RMB 68 to RMB 77 for a second-class seat.

 

From ferries, long queues to high-speed trains, the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Railway shortened the distance from Shanghai to Nantong and the northern Jiangsu Province and made people more convenient to travel in this region. It also plays a significant role for Shanghai to take a leading role in leading other cities and facilitates the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta.

 


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