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|Friday, March 02, 2001, updated at 07:57(GMT+8)|
China's Artery Railway Lessened BurdenPassenger transportation on the Meizhou-Kanzhou railway linking up Guangdong and Fujian provinces in south and southeast China started operation Thursday, which helps ease heavy traffic on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, China's north-south artery line.
Railway traffic from Guangzhou, provincial capital of Guangdong, to Xiamen, a port in Fujian, used to detour 910 km by way of the Beijing-Guangzhou railway. The new trunk rail is a short cut running through the region, and is the fourth rail route radiating outwards Guangdong, known as China's most dynamic economic powerhouse.
The railway threading booming cities of Dongguan, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Xiamen with landlocked Huizhou, Heyuan and Longchuan cities is connected to major trunk lines running through the southern China region.
Construction of the railway was kicked off in April, 1998. Cargo transport through the rail route started in September last year. It is expected to further boost the cargo circulation between China's coastal region and the middle and southern parts.
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