(Updates with new railway project approval in northern China) BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) - China has approved or revived railway and highway projects since the second half of 2018, as Beijing accelerated infrastructure spending to spur growth in the world's second-biggest economy. The country's economic growth cooled to 6.0% in the third quarter, a near 30-year low, as the bruising U.S. trade war hit factory production, boosting the case for Beijing to roll out fresh support. China aims to nearly double its urban railway scale by 2020, and its vast high-speed railway network will span 30,000 km by then, up from 19,000 km, according to China's state council. Below is a list of railway and highway projects China has approved or planned to accelerate. DATE LOCATION PROJECT DETAILS ANNOUNCED 9-Aug-2018 Hubei Railway The central province plans to launch three to four railway links every year in the next three years. 10-Aug Guizhou High-speed The southwestern province plans a railway high-speed railway to link all of its cities with its capital of Guiyang. 11-Aug Tibet Railway Tibet's accelerated railway plans include the Sichuan-Tibet project in the next five years. The 1,700 km line connecting Lhasa and Chengdu will traverse mountains and gorges, and cost about 250 billion yuan ($35.79 billion). 14-Aug Suzhou Urban railway The eastern city plans four new subway lines by 2023. The 137-km project will cost 95 billion yuan. 28-Aug Shenzhen Urban railway The southern city will have 33 subway lines operating on 1,335 km of track by 2035. That is nearly five times the scale of Shenzhen's subway lines. 17-Oct Shanghai/Su High-speed The 36.8 billion yuan railway project zhou/Huzhou railway will start in Shanghai and run through Suzhou city in Jiangsu province to Huzhou city in Zhejiang province. 30-Oct Chongqing High-speed The 53.5 billion yuan, 265-km railway railway project will be built in Chongqing city, part of a network to connect Chongqing with the southern city of Xiamen. 9-Dec Henan Highway The central province of Henan plans to spend 108.6 billion yuan on 14 highway projects next year that will cover an estimated 1002 km. 19-Dec Hangzhou Urban railway The eastern city of Hangzhou received a greenlight to spend another 14 billion yuan on two existing urban railway projects, raising the total investment to 53.54 billion yuan. The city also plans a new airport express line. 19-Dec Shanghai Urban railway Shanghai will build six more subway lines and three inter-city railways for a total investment of 298.35 billion yuan. The city's transportation network will span 1154 km in five years. 21-Dec Guangxi Inter-city The southern region of Guangxi received railway a greenlight to build two inter-city railway lines worth 51.7 billion yuan, spanning 325 km when completed. 25-Dec Shaanxi High-speed The National Development and Reform railway Commission approved a 55.16 billion yuan high-speed railway project linking Shaanxi's provincial capital Xian with Yanan, a region of about 2 million north of the city. The project is expected to be completed in 4.5 years. 28-Dec Changchun Urban railway The state planner approved 71.14 billion yuan for 116 km of urban railway projects in the northeastern city. 2-Jan-2019 Jiangsu Inter-city The state planner approved a new railway inter-city railway network worth 218 billion yuan in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The railway tracks will span 980 km when completed in 2025. 4-Jan Wuhan Urban railway The state planner approved 146.9 billion yuan of urban railway projects in the central city of Wuhan with a total length of 198.4 km. 25-April Zhengzhou Urban railway The state planner approved urban railway projects worth a total of 113.89 billion yuan in Zhengzhou city, the capital of central Henan province. The projects that include six new subway lines are expected to span 326.54 km when completed by 2024. 2-July Xian Urban railway The National Development and Reform Commission approved seven urban railway projects worth a total of 96.85 billion yuan in Xian, the capital of northwestern Shaanxi province. 22-July From High-speed The National Development and Reform Zhengzhou railway Commission approved a 40.93 billion to Jinan yuan high-speed railway project linking Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, with Jinan, the capital of neighbouring Shandong province. The project is expected to be completed in 4 years. 22-July From Heze High-speed The National Development and Reform to Lankao railway Commission approved a 10.95 billion yuan high-speed railway project linking Lankao, a county in Henan province, with Heze, a city in Shandong. The project is expected to be completed in 3.5 years. 11-Sept From High-speed The National Development and Reform Chongqing railway Commission approved a 141.62 billion to Kunming yuan ($19.90 billion) high-speed railway project linking the southwestern municipality of Chongqing and Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province. 25-Dec From High-speed The National Development and Reform Shenyang to railway Commission approved a 72.29 billion Baihe yuan ($10.34 billion) high-speed railway project linking the two cities in the northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin. 25-Dec From Baotou Railway The National Development and Reform to Yinchuan Commission approved two railway to Huinong; projects linking those cities in Inner From Mongolia and Ningxia regions with a Yinchuan to total investment of 54.63 billion yuan Bayanhot ($7.81 billion). 31-Dec From High-speed The National Development and Reform Ulanqab to railway Commission approved a $4.86 billion Datong to high-speed railway project linking Yuanping cities in northern China's Inner Mongolia region and Shanxi province. ($1 = 6.9851 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Beijing Monitoring Desk; Editing by Darren Schuettler, Alex Richardson, Himani Sarkar and Uttaresh.V)
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