China’s High-Speed Rail Reaches 3,000 Km

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Feb. 18 – China’s operational high-speed railways have exceeded 3,300 kilometers, the Ministry of Railways said on its website Thursday.

China finished two high-speed railways in 2009, one running between Wuhan-Guangzhou and the other between Zhengzhou-Xi’an. Both lines have an operating speed of 350 kph. China also has high-speed railways linking Beijing with Tianjin, Shijiazhuang with Taiyuan, Qingdao with Jinan, and Hefei with Wuhan and Nanjing.

According to Chinese state media, a number of new high-speed railways are being built and will be finished in the coming few years, foremost being the Beijing-Shanghai line at a length of 1,318 kilometers and a designed travel speed of 350 kph. Construction of the line started in April 2008 and is expected to be completed by 2013. When finished, the line will cut travel times between the two cities to only five hours from about 12 hours.

Railway passengers topped a record 1.53 billion last year while cargo transportation hit 3.32 billion tons, according to the ministry.

Railway investment surged 80 percent to RMB600 billion in 2009 boosted by the RMB4-trillion stimulus package. The government has planned a record RMB823.5 billion for 2010 to extend the network to 90,000 kilometers by the end of the year.

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2 responses to “China’s High-Speed Rail Reaches 3,000 Km”

  1. paul browne says:

    Well Done China!. It realised that fast efficient tansport that doesn’t rely heavily on foreign oil was a crucial component for its advanced economy of for the 21st centuary. The US on the other hand is still bitterly divided on how to develop its ageing transport infastructure. Obama is trying but the republicans still have their heads in the sand. Isn’t it ironic that its the republican party that is putting up the most resistance to high sped rail even though it would increase national security by reducing the requirement of foreign oil which fuels terrorism against the US?

  2. Chris Devonshire-Ellis says:

    Its certainly an impressive figure. However, high-speed track is three times as expensive as conventional rail, and some of China’s high speed plans are already being axed due to cost. See the “Related Reading” article.

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