China to continue developing high speed trains

March 11th, 2012 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 11 (IANS) China will continue developing its high speed rail network in the face of rising public demand for travelling efficiency and for future economic development, a railway official said.

“I have confidence in the future of China’s high-speed railway,” Xinhua quoted Huang, a chief researcher with the China Academy of Railway Sciences, as saying.

Huang, a member of China’s top political advisory body, said he favoured the railway ministry’s plan to develop high-speed railway “moderately in advance” to the current market demand and in line with economic development.

“There is a strong demand for bullet trains among China’s local railway bureaus, in hope of carrying more passengers, like authorities with the Shanghai-Nanjing inter-city railway,” he said.

The Chinese government decided to slow the development of high-speed rail and put speed limits on the existing express ways following a fatal high-speed train crash that killed 40 people in east China last July, the People’s Daily reported.

Huang, however, said with technical solutions and disciplined operation, China’s future high-speed commuter railway will be safe with driverless operation under the ATO (Automatic Train Operation) system.

A lot of work has been done by the government to examine and evaluate the safety condition on high-speed railway since the July accident, he added.

Huang revealed that China’s safety regulator and railway authorities will continue a safety overhaul on high-speed rail link, focusing on research, development and installation of signalling equipment, train maintenance, protection against lightning and quake.

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