Construction workers on Tuesday laid the last piece of a railway that will link Southwest China’s Yunnan province with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries.
The Yuxi-Mengzi Railway has a total length of 141 km with a designed maximum speed of 120 km per hour. It passes through 35 tunnels and crosses 61 bridges, accounting for 55% of the line’s total length.
The railway is part of the eastern line of the planned Pan-Asia Railway network, an international railway project that will also consist of central and western lines.
The railway is expected to become operational later this year and will run from Kunming in Yunnan province and on through the cities of Yuxi, Mengzi and Hekou to Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Singapore.
Funded by the Ministry of Railways and the Yunnan government, the railway has a total investment of $710m.