Beijing-Xiong’an Railway set to open by end of 2020
The Beijing-Xiong’an intercity railway is expected to start joint debugging and commissioning tests in September and enter service by the end of this year. The railway will have a total length of 92.4 kilometers, linking the capital, Daxing Airport and Xiong’an New Area through only a 30-minute ride, according to a report from Beijing Daily.
The Xiong’an Station project started in December 2018 and is expected to put into operation by the end of 2020. The station has adopted a number of intelligent design concepts and smart construction technologies, for the first large-scale public facility built in Xiong’an New Area.
Xiong’an Station, 606 meters long and 355.5 meters wide with a total floor area of 475,200 square meters, is the largest of all five stations along the Beijing-Xiong’an intercity railway. Beijing Daxing Station and Beijing’s New Airport Station are within Beijing city boundaries, while Gu’an East Station, Bazhou North Station and Xiong’an Station are in Hebei province.
The elevated station has 11 platforms and 19 lines in total, and two platforms and four lines for urban mass transit systems. It marks the convergence of three railway lines, including Beijing-Hong Kong (Taiwan) high-speed railway, Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity Railway and Tianjin-Xiong’an intercity line, which will become a new traffic hub in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
After the Beijing-Xiong’an intercity railway starts operations, Xiong’an New Area can directly reach Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang and other major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, with only a 30-minute drive from Xiong’an to Beijing and Tianjin, and a 60-minute drive to Shijiazhuang.
In Feb 28, 2018, China announced plans to officially start construction on the Beijing-Xiong’an Intercity Railway, with 33.53 billion yuan invested in the project, as a measure to advance the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.