The Ministry of Railways has been facing mounting competition from the expanding highway system. It faced the dual challenges of increasing capacity as well as increasing service quality while maintaining profitability. This project was designed to improve the transport connectivity of southwestern China to the east, enhance capacity and improve service quality by upgrading an important rail line linking Shanghai and Zhejiang with Jiangxi and Hunan (and from there to Guizhou and Yunnan) provinces, thereby helping to address the needs of poorer and disadvantaged regions. In addition, the conversion of this line from diesel to electric traction (which is partly generated from hydropower sources) will yield environmental benefits.
East Asia and Pacific
Implementation Completion Report