A high-speed railway line linking Shanghai and Huzhou in Zhejiang Province has been given approval. The 163.54km railway will start from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and pass through Suzhou in Jiangsu Province before ending in Huzhou. With trains designed to run at a top speed of 350km per hour, the line is expected to carry about 50 million passengers per year. A total of 36.8bn yuan (US$5.33bn) will be invested in the construction of the project, which will take four years. From that, about 1.1bn yuan will be spent to purchase the high-speed trains. The new rail service is expected to shorten the travel time between Shanghai and Huzhou to 30 minutes. Currently, passengers have to transit via Hangzhou in Zhejiang - a journey that takes around two hours. According to the NDRC, the newly approved railway line will have six stations.