CHINESE Railways has decided to run a train ferry across the Yangtze river at Jiang’in, east of Nanjing. Work will start on the project this year for opening in 2001. The ferry will form part of the 642 km Xinyi - Chanxing line to open up the eastern seaboard between the Yellow and Yangtze rivers (RG 9.98 p613).

CR had been considering a bridge over the Yangtze but decided a ferry would be cheaper. With a 2850m trip between the two landing stages, the ferry is expected to make 22 crossings per day and handle 10 million tonnes a year.