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China to slow high-speed trains, reduce ticket prices

08-12-2011 15:50 BJT Special Report:Two High-Speed Trains Crash in East China |

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China will slow its high-speed trains from the 16th of August, and ticket prices will be reduced as well. The Beijing - Tianjin Intercity train, and the Beijing - Shanghai high speed rails are among the first to be affected.

The speed of the Beijing -Tianjin, and the Beijing to Shanghai trains will slow to 300 kilometers per hours, from the current 350 per hour. Some other lines, where trains run at up to 250 kilometers per hour, will be slow to 200 per hour. Freight and passengers trains will be slowed from 200 kilometers per hour to 160. Their stops will not change, though the journey time will be longer. Passengers can order new tickets, which will be five percent cheaper, from Friday.

The number of trains running on Beijing - Shanghai line will be reduced to 66 pairs, from 88. And from the 1st of September, there will be extra evening-morning sleeper trains running between Beijing and Shanghai. From the 28th of August, all high-speed trains will run at slower speeds. The Ministry of Railway has promised to refund passengers who have already purchased higher-priced tickets for travel after the 16th, free of charge.

Meanwhile, China CNR, the major manufacturer of high speed trains, announced it is to recall of 54 380BL-series bullet trains which are used on Beijing - Shanghai line, amid safety concerns.

A worker cleans a high-speed train before it departs from Shanghai for Beijing. The State Council plans to lower the speed of the trains in the wake of a deadly train crash that killed 40 people last month. [Photo/Xinhua]

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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