Hangzhou's plan to construct Jiangdong Railway Station and Xiaoshan International Airport Railway Station has been approved by China Railway General Group and Zhejiang provincial government, according to Hangzhou Development and Reform Commission yesterday.
When the two new stations are put into operation, Hangzhou will have altogether six railway stations by 2030, according to the Hangzhou Railway Hub Plan submitted jointly by Zhejiang Development and Reform Commission, Hangzhou municipal government and Shanghai Railway Bureau.
However, the railway planners didn't set a timetable for the construction of the new stations.
Hangzhou now has Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou South Railway Station in operation.
Work will soon begin on the Hangzhou West Railway Station – the third largest transport hub in Hangzhou after the Xiaoshan International Airport and the East Railway Station with a construction budget of 15 billion yuan (US$2.25 billion).
The West Railway Station will be located in the north of Cangqian area, connecting with highways, subways and Xiaoshan International Airport. The station will serve trains bound for Shanghai, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Wenzhou and Wuhan.
Hangzhou West Railway Station is scheduled to finish its construction by 2022 when Hangzhou will host the Asian Games.
According to the plan, Hangzhou will have 14 trunk railway lines in nine directions, connecting the city with Shanghai, Beijing, Hefei and Huangshan in neighboring Anhui Province, Wuhan and Nanchang in Central China, as well as Wenzhou, Taizhou and Ningbo in southern Zhejiang Province.