China relaunches world's fastest commercial bullet train

Marco Green
August 23, 2017

China will once again hold the title for the world's fastest train.

The relaunch comes after a 2011 crash between two bullet trains that killed 40 passengers and injured almost 200. Her report said seven pairs of bullet trains named Fuxing, which means rejuvenation, will run that route starting September 21.

China soon start operating the world's fastest train service between Beijing and Shanghai, as it restores the maximum speed of 350 km/h, equivalent to about 217.5 miles per hour, the South China Morning Post's Sarah Zheng reported August 21.

Starting next month, a new generation of trains will travel between Beijing and Shanghai, taking the 1250km trip in just four and a half hours, shaving an hour off the current travel time of regular bullet trains.

But as China seeks to stay ahead globally in its rail services and sell its bullet trains and railways as part of the "Belt and Road Initiative", it has chose to relaunch the world's fastest train service. Now most bullet trains running in the country take about five and half hours to complete the journey.

China has spent an estimated $360 billion on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world. Almost 600 million people use this route each year, providing a reported $1 billion in profits.

China has laid more than 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles) of high-speed rail, with a target of adding another 10,000 kilometers (6,214 miles) by 2020.

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