30,000 km expansion of rail network planned
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.