It used to take a full day and night to travel the 2,300km journey, but the new train did it in eight hours.
For eight heady years from 2003 to 2011,
But it began to unravel in 2011. First,
Now, however, the grand plan appears to be back on track. 'You need to realize we are still working to a target,' said Sheng Guangzu, the new Railways Minister.
Five new lines were opened in the second half of last year and another
The expansion of the high-speed network has an added bonus: the old tracks can increasingly be used for freight. Several foreign companies, including HP, Acer,
For several years, freight has moved along the Trans-Siberian railway but last November another route opened from
Already, some 6,000 containers a year are travelling this route, taking between 16 and 20 days to covering 11,000km. The new line costs twice as much as sea freight but takes half the time.
'These two lines are becoming an important part of our business,' said a spokesman for DB Schenker, the German logistics company. 'We are certainly hoping for a continuing increase.'
While laptops and gadgets are going to
One 400km high-speed project, planned for
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