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Decision to slow trains met with mixed response (2)

(China Daily)

11:02, August 12, 2011

An editorial appearing on Thursday in the Beijing News stated, "Developing high-speed railways is in keeping with current trends and the aspirations of the people, but what people need are safe trains, affordable fares and quality service."

Sheng said the crash exposed flaws in the safety and management of railway traffic, as well as a lack of experience in responding to train accidents.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is still under way. The results are expected to come out in mid-September, according to the team responsible for investigating the crash.

In a recent development, China CNR Corporation Ltd, one of the country's biggest train producers, submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Railways on Thursday, requesting permission to recall every 54 CRH380BL train that has been put into operation, according to a report on caing.com.

The company on Wednesday announced that it has ceased delivering CRH380BL high-speed trains and has begun a technical overhaul.

In late July, two CRH380BL trains abnormally stopped three times when they were going from Beijing to Shanghai.

The breakdowns were mainly caused by failures of the trains' sensors, said Zhao Minghua, a senior executive of the CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, which produces the CRH380BL trains.

China began operating bullet trains in 2007. By the end of 2010, it had put 8,358 km of high-speed railways into operation, giving it the longest rail network of any country in the world.

According to the country's railway plan, which was revised in 2008, China is expected to have 16,000 km of railways by 2020.

Xinhua


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