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China's railways carry 1.27 bln passengers in first eight months

(Xinhua)

14:47, September 04, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- China's railway system has transported some 1.27 billion passengers during the first eight months of this year, up 11.8 percent from a year earlier, the Ministry of Railways said Sunday.

The figure has accounted for 67.4 percent of the ministry's full-year target, said the ministry in a statement on its website.

The Ministry of Railways has planned to send 1.9 billion passengers in 2011, up 13.1 percent year-on-year.

The country's high-speed trains had been operating with improved order and efficiency, said the ministry, which has been required to run high-speed trains at slower speeds, as well as to reorganize bullet train schedules nationwide, for safety reasons.

The State Council, or Cabinet, ordered increased safety checks after a fatal train collision that killed 40 people in July raised concerns over the safety of the country's high-speed railways.

The ministry cut the number of high-speed trains running between Beijing and Shanghai to 66 pairs from 88 pairs per day, effective as of Aug. 16.

Meanwhile, the railways transported more than 2.6 billion metric tons of goods from January to August, up 7.8 percent year-on-year, the ministry said.

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Richard Fang at 2011-09-05116.50.34.*
Our mother country progresses so fast. I'm very happy.As aged 85, I've never imaged such picture before. May god bless our country.
Walton at 2011-09-04174.6.21.*
Good news
PD User at 2011-09-04114.160.71.*
This segment of the Chinese Government, The Ministry of Railway, has done a remarkable job in giving services and true values to the peoples in China and the world, in spite of the mishap in July. Even in the WSJ, the sincere, honest Americans who had used China's railways had commented that unlike other countries, the stewards in China will respond quickly to correct the problems, no matter how daunting the task may be, although some of the fair comments may have been removed now. Read the comments in 'China to Scale Back Fast Rail' from the Wall Street Journal.Indeed the MOR has responded quickly, if it knows the exact problem. In August, last month, when I last use the CRH, I noticed that there were many new electricity sub-stations along the Beijing-Shanghai and Guangzhou-Wuhan lines, possibly as a backup/redundant power supply, as compared to July 2011.The Wenzhou incident may be a setback for the MOR, but it is an opportunity to revise and build the safest and best railway system in the world by assembling the best talents from throughout the world to deploy a centralised control and monitoring system with intelligent queue, active and passive safety systems, intelligent signalling systems and communications using railway tracks, power lines, wireless, satellite and telemetry to monitor and collect data every micro-second of each train conditions and every inch of the loading rails with multiple levels of backups and redundancies. When done, an accident is almost impossible, even under the 'Act of God' circumstances.As a continuous process of improvements, China and the MOR is in the box-seat to provide the transportation needs by investing on the human capitals to develop future systems. China is one no-nonsense country who will and can do it, so, why not?The MAGLEV technology will eliminate the wear and tear of the railway tracks, the wheels and the mechanical components and will go a long way in improving on the safety aspects. As an added bonus, the power consumption will be reduced significantly. As a start, China can build another MAGLEV line to increase the capacity for the Beijing-Shanghai corridor.I was at the Beijing South, Shanghai Hongqaio and Shanghai South stations in early July. Although these are new huge complexes, it was filled with people whenever I was there and it was apparent that the demand for railway services is very high in China and China will need to build bigger railway stations from three to five times larger in the future. On July 25, the day after the Wenzhou crash, I was at Shanghai Hongqaio and Nanjing South, I noticed that there was a reduction of about 70 per cent of people in these stations. The usage has since recovered, as I noticed that there was only a slight reduction of people in all the railway stations in Beijing and Shanghai in late August.Among the CRH services that I have used along the Beijing-Shanghai, Nanjing-Wuhan, Guangzhou-Wuhan and Guangzhou-Shenzhen lines, the second-class coaches were mostly full on a normal day, especially as the trains picked up passengers along the routes. In high demand corridors, even the express G1 and G2 filled the first-class coaches to capacity on a normal weekday. It means that China has no choice other than to expand capacity, improve quality and ensure safety to serve the people.China, as a nation has to look at railways as a national initiative. At the moment, the MOR is assigned to secure the funding and it can be a heavy burden which means that it may have to compromise on research and development and may have to decide to implement second best systems. It is a fallacy to run this essential service like a business enterprise by delegating the financial responsibility to the MOR and the banks. In the coming years, it will be prohibitive expansive to Build and Operate as is seen in Japan, UK and the US. Worse, a business enterprise will cut on maintenance which will compromise safety as an easy way to increase the bottom-line.China can look at the enormous economic values in its soon to be vast network of modern railway infrastructures. Without it, there is no gain. With it, the whole people in China can participate in it to generate economic activities that create lots of values. This is parallel to the Beijing Metro. At two Yuan, people can move to anywhere within the network to achieve their goals, to get values and participate in the economic activities. Young, old, rich, poor, labourers or officials can all join in. It is one of the best way to re-distribute national resources.China has gone through a tremendous transformation in which the infrastructures is a part. There would be many groups with vested interest. Incidentally, the current US President has begged its Congress to pass the 'Transportation Bill' today. It is the responsibility of China's leaders to ensure that this will not happen inside China in the future. The current China's model is mostly right and correct and that would be basis for any future reference.As of last year, there were noises on China railway modernisation plans. Perhaps, groups with vested interests hope that China will stop its network expansion so that they will get more of China's financial resources to line their own pockets or worst still to squandered the limited resources in other nations for nothing. There is only one recourse for China. Don't allow those inside and outside of China derail China noble plan to build a future-poof railway infrastructure for all the people in the world.
  

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