Laos to test train line to China

Laos - China railway
Laos to test train line to China in August 2021

Laos plans to conduct the first test on the railway line linking its capital Vientiane and China in August, a Lao official said.

The test on the 420-kilometre track was set for August before the service launch in December, the Vientiane Times on Wednesday quoted the official involving in the project. The name of the official was not identified.

The track starts in Vientiane and connects with the Chinese rail in Boten, the Lao border town in Luang Namtha province.

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The last tunnel of 9.5-km-long Jingzhai Tunnel of the China-Laos Railway has been successfully drilled through on Saturday, adding to completion of all 167 tunnels along the 1,000-km-long route by overcoming and tackling the most complicated and challenging landforms.

So far, all 167 tunnels of the China-Laos Railway have been drilled, securing a solid foundation for opening to traffic of the cross-border railway by the end of this year in light of the schedule.

“At present, the China section of the China-Laos Railway project is progressing smoothly. The construction of subgrades and bridges has all been completed. Currently the decoration work of all 11 station buildings is underway. The track laying is 95 percent completed,” said Ma Youliang, deputy commander of Southern Yunnan Railway Construction Headquarters.

The China-Laos railway stretches more than 1,000 kilometers from Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan Province, to Vientiane of Laos. Upon completion, it will slash the travel time between the two cities to less than one day, according to China State Railway Group Co., Ltd.