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The new line is the latest leg of a high-speed rail network in China’s most developed region.
Trains on the network will operate at a speed of 300 kmh, meaning travel time between cities will be halved.
The new high-speed railway is expected to boost the region’s economy and increase tourism in the three cities it links.
The Yangtze River Delta region accounts for a fifth of China’s economic output.
China’s investment in railway infrastructure increased 28 per cent to $8.65 billion in the first three months of 2013, according to the China Railway Corporation (CRC).
Inputs from Xinhua