Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway opens in Oct.

The Shanghai to Hangzhou high-speed railway is scheduled to officially start operation in October 2010, reducing rail travel time between the two cities to 38 minutes.

Trains on the 160-kilometer railway line are designed to run at a maximum speed of 350 kilometers per hour and will cut 40 minutes off the current journey time by express train between the two cities in east China.

The high-speed railway line, which has a total investment of CNY29.68 billion, commenced construction in February 2009 and is expected to transport 80 million passengers per year.

Ticket prices have yet to be announced.

(Xinhua, August 3, 2010 )