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China slows down high-speed trains by 50 km/h

08-16-2011 08:17 BJT

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China's high-speed trains are cutting back trips, slowing down and slashing prices at the order of the State Council. The cutbacks, which start on Tuesday, focus on the Beijing-Shanghai Railway, and coastal railway lines of Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou, Wenzhou-Fuzhou, and Wenzhou-Xiamen in Zhejiang Province. The decision was made after last month's deadly train crash near Wenzhou.

Not as fast as before, but much safer.

China's speedy trains slow down on Tuesday as a new operation system takes effect.

High-speed trains from Shanghai to Hangzhou, and Beijing to Tianjin are reduced from 350 kilometers per hour to 300 kilometers per hour. The ticket prices also see a five percent decrease.

A bullet train runs near the Hongqiao Railway Station in Shanghai, east China, on Aug. 14,
2011. China's Ministry of Railways cut the number of high-speed trains running between
Beijing and Shanghai to 66 pairs from 88 pairs per day, effective as of Aug. 16 when a new
operation chart will be carried out. (Xinhua/Niu Yixin)

Other lines that are affected by the new operation system include the Ningbo-Wenzhou and Wenzhou-Xiamen lines. Their speeds are adjusted from 250 kilometers per hour to 200 kilometers per hour. Passengers are expected to spend more time travelling.

A passenger said, "It will take me some 30 more minutes to get to my destination. I can accept it."

Meanwhile, the number of high speed train services is also adjusted. The number of dual trips running daily between Beijing and Shanghai are cut to 66 from the previous 88.

After all the ups and downs, safety has now been made the top concern rather than breaking speed records for China's high-speed trains.

An officer stands at the platform in Qionghai Station,
south China's Hainan Province, Aug. 10, 2011. China's
State Council on Wednesday ordered safety checks on
high-speed railways and slower running speeds. The
decision was made at an executive meeting of the State
Council, which was presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao,
in the wake of a deadly bullet train crash that killed
40 people. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

 

An officer stands at the platform in Qionghai Station, south China's Hainan Province, Aug.
10, 2011. China's State Council on Wednesday ordered safety checks on high-speed railways
and slower running speeds. The decision was made at an executive meeting of the State
Council, which was presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, in the wake of a deadly bullet
train crash that killed 40 people. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

 

A bullet train runs in south China's Hainan Province,
Aug.10, 2011. China's State Council on Wednesday ordered
safety checks on high-speed railways and slower running
speeds. The decision was made at an executive meeting of
the State Council, which was presided over by Premier
Wen Jiabao, in the wake of a deadly bullet train crash
that killed 40 people. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

 

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