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South Africa seeks cooperation with China on new high- speed railway: newspaper

(Xinhua)

08:14, June 29, 2012

JOHANNESBURG, June 28 (Xinhua) -- South Africa is exploring the possibility of the cooperation with China on developing the Johannesburg-Durban high-speed railway, the newspaper Business Day reported on Thursday.

"The discussion of the technological cooperation with China on the new high-speed railway between the largest city and financial center of Johannesburg and the eastern port city of Durban has been conducted," the newspaper said.

"China's CRH380A train with a design speed of 380 km per hour has already achieved a speed of 416 km per hour on the Shanghai- Hangzhou intercity High-Speed Railway, while a next generation CSR prototype has reached 500 km per hour," said the newspaper.

In recent years, the South Africa's Department of Transport has been actively advancing its project of the high-speed railway line linking Johannesburg and Durban.

In April 2010, South Africa's Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele proposed to construct the Johannesburg-Durban high-speed railway system. In June 2010, the minister repeated the proposal.

The planned Johannesburg-Durban high-speed railway is about 560 km long, with an expectation of cost at 30 billion U.S. dollars.

The newspaper said "It will be a reality for the passengers to spend more than one hour on the high-speed train between Johannesburg and Durban by 2030."

"As the line operates, the residents in Johannesburg could enjoy the beautiful evening beaches in Durban after a tough day's work," said the newspaper.

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