Rail­way: Sys­tem to nearly dou­ble by 2025

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bul­let train de­par­ture from his home­town.

“In the early 1990s, I took a train from Kun­ming to Guiyang for the first time. It took about 20 hours. The travel time from Kun­ming to Guiyang has been re­duced, to 17 hours and then to 10 hours, and now to only 2 1/2 hours. Guizhou is our neigh­bor and we­can travel back and forth in the same day,” he said.

In July, the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion is­sued an up­dated na­tional rail­way de­vel­op­ment plan en­vi­sion­ing 38,000 km of high-speed rail­ways by the end of 2025, up from more than 20,000 km now.

The cur­rent sys­tem ac­counts for 60 per­cent of the world’s high-speed rail­roads, ac­cord­ing to China Rail­way Corp.

“We will ac­cel­er­ate the con­struc­tion of rail­ways in cen­tral and west­ern parts of China. We will also boost the ex­pan­sion of in­ter­city and sub­ur­ban rail links,” Zhang Dawei, deputy head of the Trans­port Min­istry’s plan­ning depart­ment, said in July.

By the end of 2020, plans call for more than 80 per­cent of main­land ci­ties with a pop­u­la­tion of at least 1 mil­lion to be cov­ered by high-speed rail­ways.

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