The Hewu line (simplified Chinese: 合武铁路; traditional Chinese: 合武鐵路; pinyin: Hé-Wǔ tiělù) is a 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph) high-speed railway in Chinese provinces of Anhui and Hubei, with trains running from Anhui's capital Hefei to Hubei's capital Wuhan. The railway opened on 31 December 2008, high-speed services started on April 1, 2009. at 250 km/h (160 mph) and has been used by Shanghai–Nanjing–Hefei–Wuhan express trains since then.
|Other name(s)||Hewu line|
|Locale||Anhui and Hubei, China|
|Operator(s)||China Railway High-speed|
|Opened||December 31, 2008|
|Line length||359 km (223 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||25 kV AC|
|Operating speed||250 km/h (160 mph)|
As of July 2010, scheduling systems showed nine daily D-series express trains running in each direction between Hefei and Wuhan's three train stations (Wuhan, Hankou, and Wuchang), making the trip in 2 hours to 2 hrs 40 min. Another six Shanghai-Wuhan D-series trains passed this section without stopping in Hefei.
As of September 2013 the number of Daily departures each way is over 20 in order to increase train speed the line was upgraded to 350 km/h (220 mph).
The railway uses tunnels when crossing the Dabie Mountains on the Anhui–Hubei border.
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