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szdaily -> China
Beijing-Shanghai rail trips to go faster
    2017-August-1  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BULLET train trips between Beijing and Shanghai will get even faster in September when the maximum speed on the line will be raised to 350 kilometers per hour, six years after it was reduced to 300 km/h.

The travel time will be reduced to about four and a half hours, State-owned China Railway Corp. said Thursday.

The 1,318-km journey now takes between four hours and 49 minutes and six hours, depending on the number of stops.

One of the main reasons the speed can be safely increased is the next-generation bullet train models — dubbed Fuxing (Chinese for rejuvenation) — that were put into operation on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line June 25. Before that, all Chinese bullet trains were labeled with the word Harmony on their exterior.

The new models, using Chinese railway standards and technologies, are a big improvement over previous models in safety, comfort and energy conservation, according to the company.

Government regulators reduced the maximum speed of high-speed trains to around 300 km/h in August 2011 for safety reasons. Before that, trains on some of the first high-speed lines in China, such as the Beijing-Tianjin and Shanghai-Hangzhou lines, ran at up to 350 km/h.

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line, which opened in 2011, was built to the highest standards in the world, according to China Railway Corp. Passengers have taken more than 600 million trips on the line in the past six years.

The line has been safely in service for six years , and railway authorities have gained adequate operating and management experience for the speed upgrade, the company said.

(China Daily)

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