Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to launch 10-day trial run

14:23, May 06, 2011      

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According to railway department, the whole line of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, which started construction three years ago, is going to perform trials for 10 days from June 9 to June 19 of this year, and 24 pair of trains might be initiated by the time, Oriental Morning Post reported on May 6.

In addition, an ID-based ticket booking system is going to be carried out for the China Railway High-Speed (CRH) trains from June 1. Shanghai may implement the system as early as May 22 due to the 11-day presale.

Trains' timing between Beijing and Shanghai might be changed

It is learned that the joint adjustment of Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway was launched as early as this March, and the railway department of Shanghai said yesterday they had not receive any additional notice about the joint adjustment.

The joint adjustment includes examinations of the next-generation high-speed trains, testing of systems running at speeds over 400 kilometers per hour as well as tests of the new high-speed bow network, power supply and track structure. The adjustment critically tests for various statistics critically and then corrects errors.

During the trial period of the Beijng-Shanghai CRH trains, the timing of original trains might be changed accordingly. However, even those train attendants who are going to serve on the Beijing-Shanghai CRH trains know nothing about its speed and passenger-carrying information.

After the trial ends, the whole line of Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway will be opened officially. By that time, trains running on the line will have three kinds of modes to carry passengers.

"One-stop mode" means the trains will directly goes between Beijing and Shanghai without any stops midway.

"Capital-stop mode" means the trains will only stop at provincial capitals between Shanghai and Beijing along the line.

“All-stop mode" means the trains will stop at every city to make sure passengers from every city along the line could take the trains.

Equipment for ID-based booking to be installed next week in Shanghai

The ID-based ticket booking system is going to be carried out for the China Railway High-Speed (CRH) trains from June 1, according to railway departments. By then, all CRH trains, including D-tains, G-trains and C-trains, will start selling tickets by passengers’ real names.

The ticket booking system will also be carried out in booking through phone calls and self-serve booking machines.

System equipment is going to be installed in Shanghai in next week, and by that time, passengers have to show their ID cards when buying tickets, entering stations and taking trains. Every ticket-selling window will be installed with a recognizer to test passengers' ID cards. Apart from that, new tickets under the real-name system will have passengers' names and ID numbers on them.

In addition, a total of more than 20 kinds of certifications, including soldier certificates, motor driving licenses and residence booklets, can also be used for buying tickets.

A passenger who takes the same train at the same station and same date can only buy one ticket with his one effective ID certificate.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online

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