China’s Lianyungang building rail shuttle linking the port and city

Passenger ro-ro Harmony Yungang berthed at Lianyungang Passenger ro-ro Harmony Yungang berthed at Lianyungang

China’s east port of Lianyungang commenced construction of a rail shuttle project connecting the cruise port and city.

 

The route is 34.1km long and stops at five stations across the city, including Lianyungang, Yantuo, Lianyungang East, Xugou and Lianyun.

Total investment is around RMB610m and it will start operating in September this year.

Glory Sea cruises to Japan

Lianyungang is the first city in Jiangsu province to attract a homeporting cruise ship. Last year, Glory Sea (ex-Celesytal Odyssey) regularly sailed for Diamond Cruises from Lianyungang to Japan. 420-cabin Glory Sea was originally the innovative Olympic Explorer and built for Royal Olympic Cruises.

The port has one cruise berth and an international passenger terminal building designed to handle up to 480,000 passengers annually.

Tourism in Lianyungang has been rising in recent years but the road transportation between the port and city had not kept up with demand. The new shuttle train service aims to provide a better experience for cruise guests in transit.

 

Posted 15 February 2019

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Katherine Si

China Correspondent