An inter-city railway network linking Beijing, Tianjin and neighboring Hebei province is gradually taking shape, according to information from the Beijing Railway Bureau.
As a significant element of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integrated development plan, the railway network in the area has been continuously improving its transportation capabilities through the increase of railway lines and number of trains in recent years, bringing much greater convenience to citizens as it shortens commuting times in this area and eases the traffic burden in Beijing.
During the past few years, the operations of four railway loop lines connecting the municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin and nine other cities in Hebei province –– including Shijiazhuang, Tangshan, Chengde, Baoding and Hengshui; have been providing fast connections between the major cities in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
Construction of hub stations not only dramatically shortens commuting times within these cities but also cuts transfer times on different means of transportation; some citizens do not even need to transfer during trans-regional travel.
Based on the major routes, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regional railway network extended its operations to nine county-level and town-level passenger stations in the region, including Baiyangdian, Zhengding and Tianjin North. It also added another four pairs of trains connecting counties in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, bringing remote areas onto the railway network.
Meanwhile, to satisfy the increasing demands of working people in this area, Beijing Railway Bureau began operating another seven high-speed train services linking Beijing West Railway Station to Shijiazhuang, Dingzhou East and Baoding, along with linking Beijing South Railway Station to Tianjin West, Qinhuangdao, Tangshan and Cangzhou West; which allows for journeys from the center of Beijing, Tianjin or Shijiazhuang to surrounding new towns and satellite cities in journey times of no more than one hour, and travel among cities in the region of no more than 1.5 hours.
In addition, Beijing Railway Bureau is also cooperating with local governments in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area to launch special railway routes for tourists in order to boost the development of short-distance travel, while also covering many famous scenic spots in the region. So far, tourist trains have transported around 25 million passengers.
Long-term plans to push forward the integration of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area suggest that more intercity lines will be built in the region.