30,000 km ex­pan­sion of rail net­work planned

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China in­tends to build 30,000 km (18,640 miles) of train tracks by the end of 2020, ex­tend­ing the to­tal length of its rail­ways to 150,000 km, a Min­istry of Trans­port of­fi­cial said.

Some 11,000 km of the tracks will be for high-speed trains, Zhang Dawei, deputy head of the min­istry’s plan­ning de­part­ment, said.

“By the end of 2020, more than 80 per­cent of main­land ci­ties with pop­u­la­tions of at least 1 mil­lion will be cov­ered by high-speed rail­ways.”

China Rail­way Corp said that since 2008, when the na­tion opened its first high-speed line, con­nect­ing Bei­jing and Tian­jin, more than 5 bil­lion pas­sen­ger trips have been made on Chi­nese high-speed rail­ways and pas­sen­gers on high-speed lines in­creased by 30 per­cent an­nu­ally.

About 4,200 bul­let trains run in China each day, pro­vid­ing more than 4 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips, the in­dus­try gi­ant said.

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