High-speed rail by 2010

BEIJING: A high-speed rail line between Beijing and Shanghai will go into operation in 2010, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. 

Xinhua cited the Ministry of Railways as saying construction of the line, approved last month, would begin soon and would take around five years to complete. 

The new rail line will run at speeds of up to 350 kph, cutting the trip between the capital and the country's financial centre to five hours, it said. 

The fastest passenger trains between the two cities currently take about 12 hours to complete their journey. 

Xinhua last month cited railways minister Liu Zhijun as saying the project would integrate some foreign technology but would rely mostly on domestic technology. 

The National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planning agency, said last month the 1,320 km project would use conventional wheel-on-rail high speed train technology, not magnetic levitation. – Reuters

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