China takes the high (speed) (rail) road

Here’s a story from the China Daily which discusses China’s quest to build the world’s largest high speed rail network:

The landmark BeijingShanghai high-speed rail line is expected to open in June, months ahead of schedule.  There is also to be a major expansion of the high-speed rail network, which will be extended by nearly 5,000 km this year, taking it past 13,000 km by the end of 2011.

At the end of 2010, the network stretched to 8,358 km, the world’s longest high speed rail network. Altogether, 5,149 km of high-speed track were put into service last year.

The opening date of the eagerly anticipated Beijing-Shanghai line has been rescheduled twice – the initial schedule was for 2012, but earlier last year officials suggested it would be operational at the end of 2011, according to previous reports.

But rapid progress in the construction of the 1,318-km railway track, which started in April 2008 and ended in November 2010, has seen the completion date moved up to mid-June. Workers are now installing the railway’s power supply and communication systems.

Once in service, trains with a top speed of 380 km/h will slash the travel time between the two cities to only four hours, down from the current 10 hours.

According to earlier media reports, China will help build a railway linking Laos and China as early as 2012 as well as a 1,920-km railway from Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, to Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city.

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