Construction on many transportation infrastructure projects across China have been fully resumed by the end of April as the COVID-19 Epidemic wanes in the Country. The main structure of Xiong’an Railway Station was completed on Thursday.
By the time of completion, the high-speed Beijing-Xiong’an intercity line will reduce travel time between Beijing and Xiong’an New Area, the city located about 100 kilometres southwest of the capital, to half an hour.
The next stage of construction at the railway station will be decoration and the installation of mechanical equipment. Track-laying work for the line is expected to be finished in the end of May, and tests will be carried out in September. The station will be ready for operations by the end of the year.
In the future, the station will also offer high-speed services to the nearby Tianjin Municipality and Shijiazhuang City in Hebei Province, as part of China’s effort to boost the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
Meanwhile, civil construction is drawing to an end at the Xinghuo Railway Station in Beijing.
The station, covering an area of 183,000 square meters, is the biggest station and starting point of the high-speed railway linking Beijing and Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning Province.
To meet the target of completion by the end of 2020, the station has actively organised the restart of construction under strict sanitation rules amid the COVID-19 epidemic. More than 2,300 workers had been back to their jobs at the station by the end of March.
“According to our timetable, the construction of all buildings at the station should finish by June. The station should meet the standard of integration test before the end of September, and be operational by the end of the year,” said Zheng Yu, Construction Commander at the Station.
In Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, workers on Thursday kicked off the building of a railway station in Xishuangbanna, marking the start of construction on 11 new stations on the Yuxi-Mohan section the China-Laos Railway.
The project’s contractor China Railway Construction Engineering Group said it would plan the construction according to the special geological conditions along the line while ensuring the workers’ health safety.
“We will take the local resources into full consideration and strengthen our organisational efforts, drawing up plans and gathering enough raw materials in advance. We will also follow epidemic prevention and control rules to stop imported pandemic cases while preventing its spread in the country.
Our target is zero infection,” said Lu Haiyong, executive manager of the Yuxi-Mohan railway stations project.
The China-Laos Railway connecting Kunming and Vientiane is a strategic docking project between the Chinese Belt & Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert from a land-locked country to a land-linked hub.
The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China has seen dozens of road infrastructure projects resume construction as the COVID-19 epidemic wanes.
The region expects to invest 54.2 billion yuan (approx. 7.7 billion U.S. dollars) in its transportation infrastructure, with plans to complete 14 new highways this year.
Workers have restarted the construction on 35 highways that were already underway. The total length of road networks in Xinjiang will reach 200,000 kilometres, with over 5,500 kilometres of expressway in 2020, according to the regional transportation department.