Construction begun on new Beijing-Shenyang line

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Construction of a high-speed passenger rail line from Beijing to Shenyang, Liaoning province, started on Feb 28 after four rounds of environmental assessments, Beijing Times reported on Friday.

The 709-km line starts at Xinghuo railway station in Beijing and connects Chengde in Hebei province with Chaoyang and Fuxing in Liaoning province before reaching Shenyang.

Upon its completion, expected in 2019, the new line will shorten the current six hours travel time to only 2.5 hours.

The railway project was previously questioned by residents living along the planned route in 2012. Many Beijing residents were concerned the new railway might produce electromagnetic radiation as well as noise pollution. Some residents even protested over their concerns.

The Beijing Municipal Planning Commission and China Railway Corporation adjusted the construction plan in August 2013 and changed the location of the railway’s terminal station in Beijing in response to local residents' concerns. They have also made clear that the new terminal station in Beijing is designed as a closed structure to reduce possible noise pollution.

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