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High-speed rail line subsides

By Guo Rui and Xin Dingding (China Daily)

08:37, March 14, 2012

Construction machinery are seen reinforcing the roadbed of a section of the Wuhan-Yichang railway that sank in Nanwan village of Qianjiang city in central China's Hubei province, on Monday. (Chen Liang / for China Daily)

Workers carry out urgent repairs and tracks have been removed

Sections of a high-speed railway set to open in May have suffered subsidence, it has been reported.

The 291-kilometer Wuhan-Yichang railway will be an important link in the Shanghai-Chengdu trunk line from east to west.

On March 9, a micro blog post, claiming parts of the railway in Qianjiang city, Hubei province, had collapsed, was denied by the provincial railway construction office.

Its director, Wang Zujian, said on Tuesday that sections of the railway had suffered roadbed sedimentation due to a unique geological structure found locally.

"The problem was found in a checkup organized by the Ministry of Railways," he told China Central Television.

The checks begun at the start of this year found that parts of the railway roadbed, totaling 7.2 km, had subsided more than that allowed by the design.


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