High-speed trains may travel faster

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BEIJING, May 22 (Xinhuanet) — China’s high-speed trains may operate at faster speeds again as the decision to slow down the speed made after last July’s fatal crash was an “expedient,” the country’s largest train maker said yesterday.

“It’s very likely the speeds of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway could be raised to 350-380 kilometers per hour,” said Zhao Xiaogang, chairman of CSR Corp. “For our part, we don’t have any problem with regard to technology and safety.”

The July 23 train collision in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province that killed 40 people has prompted the Ministry of Railways to order trains to run at slower speed on the Beijing-Shanghai line and other high-speed lines.

Trains on the Beijing-Shanghai rail line now travel at speeds of 250kmh or 300kmh.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)

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