New high-speed railway in Shandong enhances service quality, promotes local economy
The Weifang-Laixi Railway in east China's Shandong Province was officially put into operation on Thursday, adding a new connection line to the national high-speed railway network and coastal transportation.
The 125.97-kilometers railway starts at Weifang North Railway Station and passes east through Changyi City, Pingdu City and Laixi City to connect the Jinan-Qingdao High-speed Railway and the Qingdao-Rongcheng Intercity Railway.
Although the route is only a little more than 100 kilometers, it brought innovation to the station designs to further enhance the travel experience of high-speed rail passengers. For instance, the ticket reception windows have been updated by making it more open and welcoming.
"Compared with other stations, our ticket hall is wider and brighter. The reception window in the ticket hall was designed as the open type. The advantage of the open reception window is to bring our ticket sellers closer to the passenger," said Lu Chen, the director of passenger transport of Pingdu Railway Station.
The railway shortened the travel between Jinan City and Yantai City to almost two hours, and from Jinan City to Weihai City to a little over two hours.
This faster travel time has enabled the villages near the railway stations to expand the supply chain of local agricultural products.
"It allows the local specialty products of our Pingdu City, including celery from Majiagou Village and grapes from Dazashan Township, to be delivered to all over the country and even around the world," said Pu Kefeng, the general manager of Majiagou Ecological Agriculture Company.