Chinese wary of high-speed railway

July 26th, 2011 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 26 (IANS) Although authorities say all is well with China’s rail network, passengers have not regained confidence in the service after a deadly accident killed 39 people, a newspaper said Tuesday.

Despite widespread doubts and criticism, railways ministry spokesman Wang Yongping said that China’s high-speed rail technology was advanced and up to standard.

But China Daily said that his reassurance seemed to have little effect on public confidence.

Many have raised concerns about the safety of the 200-250 km per hour trains which were involved in the accident in Zhejiang province Saturday.

Concerns were also raised about the high-speed trains developed solely by China, which can travel at 300 km per hour.

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line, which opened this month, has already experienced several power cuts, which left passengers stranded on trains for hours.

On Monday, traffic resumed on the wrecked rail section near Shuangyu town in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. More than 60 trains passed through the section, with 11 services still suspended.

Trains are the most common mode of transport in China for trips between cities.

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