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Steelmaking city in N China aims at greener transport under 'road-to-rail' scheme

Updated: Oct 17,2021 09:04    Xinhua

QIAN'AN — Qian'an in Hebei province is a major county in steelmaking industry in North China, with a large transportation demand for raw materials such as iron ore, coal and coke.

In order to reduce pollution and traffic congestion caused by road transportation of bulk goods, special railway lines for key iron and steel enterprises have been built under a "road-to-rail" scheme, which paved the way for a greener and more efficient logistics channel for local steelmaking.

Since 2019, Qian'an has built five dedicated railway lines based on the existing three railways, with a total mileage of 45.58 km and an annual transport capacity of 60 million tonnes.

Under the "road-to-rail" scheme, supply of raw materials is ensured, logistics costs are reduced, while market competitiveness increases. The city's ecosystem has also benefited from the scheme. In 2020, air quality in Qian'an improved substantially.