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China to Build 4,000 Kilometres of New Rail Lines in 2020

Infra News - Published on Mon, 13 Jan 2020

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China plans to build at least 4,000 kilometres of new railway lines this year, including 2,000 km of high-speed lines, as a part of the nation's effort to maintain large-scale fixed-asset investment. The Ministry of Transport said in December that China would spend at least CNY 2.7 trillion (USD 386 billion) on transport infrastructure projects this year, with CNY 800 billion going to railways.

In 2019, CNY 802.9 billion was spent on railways in China and 8,489 km of new track became operational, surpassing the annual targets of CNY 800 billion for investment and 6,800 km of new lines. As a result, the nation's fast-expanding railway network reached a total length of 139,000 km by the end of last year, while the high-speed rail network exceeded 35,000 km, a year ahead of China's plan to build a total of 30,000 km of high-speed railway lines by 2020.

Among the 51 new railway lines last year, the opening on Monday of the high-speed route linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou, co-host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, marks significant progress in the autopilot system of China's high-speed trains. Equipped with the system, trains can run automatically at a maximum designed speed of 350 km per hour.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 13 Jan 2020
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