Huhang high-speed railway to open to traffic in late October

16:58, September 29, 2010      

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It is reported that Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway will be officially open to traffic in late October, according to Dragon TV.

In a speed test of a Chinese-made new generation of high-speed trains called the "Harmony" CRH-380A, the train hit 416.6 kilometers per hour on the Huhang high-speed railway, which runs from Shanghai to Hangzhou, creating a new record for the world's fastest high-speed rail operation speed. It also signifies that China is leading the world in high-speed rail technology.

China sets its first world speed record on June 24, 2008. At that time, the Beijing-Tianjin CRH3 high-speed train hit a top speed of 394.3 kilometers an hour.

Currently, there are two kinds of ticket prices for high-speed railways and a detailed operation timetable cannot be released yet. Further details about the train will be released one week before the official operation starts. The Huhang high-speed railway started trial operation on Tuesday morning, according to Dragon TV.

With a design speed of 350 kilometers per hour, the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway links Shanghai and Hangzhou at a total length of 202 kilometers. It starts from Shanghai Hongqiao Station via Shanghai's Minhang, Songjiang, Jinshan districts, Zhejiang's Jiaxing and Hangzhou to finally arrive at the Hangzhou East Railway Station.

Nine stations are along the route, seven of which have been recently constructed in suburban districts of Shanghai and some cities of Zhejiang. It is expected to transport 80 million one-way passengers per year. At present, China already has 7,055 kilometers of high-speed railways in operation, ranking first in the world.

China has become a strong nation in high-speed railways with the world's most complete high-speed rail system technology, strongest integration capability, longest operating mileage, fastest operation speed as well as the largest high-speed railway scales in building, leading the new trend of the world's high-speed rail development.

By 2012, China will have a railway network of 110,000 kilometers, 13,000 kilometers of which will be high-speed rail, according to the Ministry of Railways.

The 1,300-kilometer Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway is scheduled to open in 2012. Total investment in the line is estimated at 220.9 billion yuan. Once complete, travel time between the country's two most important cities by train will be cut in half to less than five hours.

China's rapid development of high-speed railway technology at a reasonable cost is also drawing the world's attention. Countries, including the United States, Brazil and Argentina, have expressed hope Chinese contractors can join high-speed railway construction projects in their countries.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online


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