Yangtze River passageway

The Yangtze River passageway is a proposed high-speed railway passage in China. It will run in an east-west direction largely parallel to the Yangtze River, connecting the cities of Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu.

Yangtze River passageway
TypeHigh-speed rail
StatusUnder construction
LocalePeople's Republic of China
Operator(s)China Railway High-speed
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification50 Hz 25,000 V
Operating speed350 km/h (217 mph)
Yangtze River passageway
Simplified Chinese沿江通道

Announced in 2016 as part of the national "eight vertical and eight horizontal" high-speed railway network, the passage will comprise multiple railway lines and branch lines, including those currently operational as well as those under construction and under planning.


The railway's route is roughly parallel to the existing Shanghai–Wuhan–Chengdu passenger railway, but has a maximum speed of 350 km/h rather than the older line's 250 km/h. The new line would provide a faster connection for the cities of Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei, Wuhan, Chongqing and Chengdu.[1][2]

In the Shanghai–Nanjing section, there are already two high speed railways connecting them as well as the cities to the south of Yangtze river including Suzhou, Zhenjiang. This time the route will favour those cities to the north of Yangtze river including Qidong, Haimen, Nantong, Rugao, Haian, Taizhou, Yangzhou. It is expected that by connecting these cities to Shanghai and Nanjing with high-speed railway, their economy will boom in the near future.


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