Hangzhou plans to construct four more intercity railways by 2022, according to an environmental assessment report released by Zhejiang Provincial Development and Reform Commission on its official website.
The new railways will link Hangzhou with Deqing via an intercity railway and Xiaoshan International Airport by a high-speed metro line. The other two lines are the extension of Hangzhou-Fuyang Intercity Railway further south to Lushan New Area of Fuyang District and a railway from Fuyang West Railway Station to Fuyang High-Speed Railway Station.
Currently the first four intercity railways in Hangzhou are under construction and they are expected to be put into operation around 2020, including the first phase of Hangzhou-Fuyang Intercity Railway which will travel from China Academy of Art in Xihu District to the heart of Fuyang District at a length of 23.5 kilometers.
The other three intercity railways under construction will connect downtown with Lin'an, Haining and Keqiao in Shaoxing.
All inter-city rails will operate like Metro lines with a top speed of 120km per hour. Passengers can use public transport cards to board the trains and transfer to Hangzhou's 10 Metro lines in 2022 when the city hosts the Asian Games.
Apart from the intercity railways in Hangzhou, Zhejiang also plans to build eight intercity railways in Ningbo, Wenzhou, Taizhou, Jinhua and Yiwu by 2022.