Published on : Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corporation said that the country’s operating high-speed rail tracks accounts for 66.3 percent of the world’s total by the end of 2017.
The operator aims to build around 4,000 km of new rail lines this year while 3,500 km of which will be high-speed rail tracks.
By 2025 China’s railway network will be 175,000 km (about 108,740 miles) in length as compared with 127,000 km of operating tracks in 2016.
3.04 billion passenger trips were made on railways in 2017 which was up by 9.6 percent year on year.
It was reported that more than 56 percent of those trips were made on high-speed railways.
70 percent of rail tickets were sold online and more than 70 percent of freight business were transacted online.
The maximum speed of China’s bullet trains was 350 kilometers per hour, when Fuxing (Rejuvenation) bullet trains started operation between Beijing and Shanghai last September.
The Fuxing trains saw substantial upgrade on the previous bullet trains known as Hexie (Harmony).
It has been entirely designed and manufactured in China, the Fuxing is more spacious and energy-efficient, with a longer service life .