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1,310 km new railway tracks in service during 7 COVID19 months....

1,310 km new railway tracks in service in China during the first 7 months of 2020 (733km high speed). Despite the horrendous impact of COVID19, Chinese railway infrastructure has not stood still this year. The total railway network in China has expanded to a length of 141,400km of which 36,000km high-speed.

One of the notable achievements this year has been the opening of the Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge last month connecting and integrating the Yangtze River Delta (Shanghai, Hangzhou) with central and northern Jiangsu province, decreasing travel times by half in many cases.

The 11km long bridge includes two decks; one for high speed trains and the upper deck for passenger cars. It took 6 years and 4 months to finish the bridge over the mighty river. Besides the importance of economic integration and connectivity with Jiangsu, the bridge allows people from Shanghai and Hangzhou to easily visit the beautiful ancient city of Yangzhou (扬州市) for a weekend. Historically, Yangzhou has been one of the wealthiest cities in China, renowned in various dynasties for its great merchant families, poets, artists, and scholars.

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