China begins 16 express rail projects

Xinhua news agency said work began several days ago on the Tianjin-Beijing line, and trains with maximum speed of 300 kph will shorten the journey from 70 minutes to around 30 minutes.

China aims to have 12,000 kms of express-rail lines by 2020, linking provincial capitals and large and medium-sized cities, as well as cities in the booming Bohai Sea, Yangtze and Pearl River regions, Xinhua said.

China’s State Council has also approved a feasibility study on a planned 1,318 km high-speed railway to link Shanghai and Beijing, a plan that has been in the works for nearly 10 years.

It would be the longest high-speed rail line in the world and would cut travel time between the two cities from around 10 hours at present to about five hours, according to the report.

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