A breakthrough has been made in the progress of the Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan inter-city rail, the first inter-city railway line in the central and western regions and a major project in the reconstruction of Sichuan after the earthquake in May. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has officially approved the construction of the passenger railway line running from Mianyang to Chengdu and Leshan. The Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan line will start work within this year and is expected to be completed by 2012. Upon completion of the inter-city line, it will only take 51 and 54 minutes respectively to travel by train from Chengdu to Jiangyou and Leshan situated at both ends of the line. Trains can easily pass through 10 cities within two hours.
Under the plan, the Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan inter-city railway line will start at the Chengdu new railway station, going north through Deyang to Mianyang, stopping at Jiangyou. Southbound, the railway line will pass through Shuangliu Airport to Meishan and Emei, ending in Leshan. The length of the two-way passenger line will total 323km, with a designed speed of 200km/h and a total investment of Rmb28.05 billion. The line is expected to take 48 months to build and the whole line is newly built railway. Upon completion, 10 cities, namely Jiangyou, Mianyang, Deyang, Guanghan, Chengdu, Pengshan, Meishan, Jiajiang, Emei and Leshan, will be linked running from north to south.
According to plan, there will be 21 stations along the Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan inter-city line. Like public buses, the inter-city rail will run from 6 am in the morning till 11 pm at night. During peak hours, a train will leave the station every few minutes. Passengers can literally take a train at any time.