Monday, September 20, 2010

Length of China's high-speed rail to exceed 13,000 kilometers in 2012


16:42, September 17, 2010

China’s high-speed railways are expected to exceed 13,000 kilometers in 2012 and will reach more than 16,000 kilometers by 2020. High-speed railways are and will continue to change the production mode and lifestyle of the Chinese people.

The high-speed railway is a safe, reliable, fast and comfortable, large volume, low-carbon and environmentally friendly means of transportation, and have become an important trend in world railway development, according to the Asian Manufacturing Association on Sept. 16.

The operational high-speed railways in Chinese mainland have reached 6,900 kilometers so far and its commercial mileage ranks first in the world. Meanwhile, there are more than 10,000 kilometers of high-speed railways in China under construction and high-speed railways with the world's fastest operating speed of 350 kilometers per hour, including the Beijing-Tianjin high-speed railway, Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway, Zhengzhou-Xi'an high-speed railway and Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed railway, have begun operations.

High-speed railways are one of the world's most environmentally friendly and the most efficient means of transportation. Its energy consumption is one-sixth of cars. As high-speed railways adopt electrical energy, its carbon emissions are almost zero.

The high-speed railway industry is a key industry driving the economy and every 1 yuan of investment in high-end high-speed railway technology will lead to 9 yuan of output.

In addition, high-speed railways also reduce more than two-thirds of time in the train for each person. The success of China's high-speed railway marks that China's manufacturing industry has entered a whole new level and also has laid a solid foundation for enhancing the international status of China's manufacturing industry.

Meanwhile, the high-speed railway has accelerated the realization of the "half-hour economic circle" and the "one-hour economic circle" between cities. It can be said that the high-speed railways are and will continue to change the production mode and lifestyle of the Chinese people, according to Luo Jun, chief executive officer and secretary general of the Asian Manufacturing Association.

However, what kind of impacts will the "high-speed railway" big cake that requires 3 billion yuan of investments per day bring to the international and domestic equipment manufacturing industry and to the related enterprises?

The topic of "China high-speed railway" will be opened in the forthcoming Fourth Forum of the Asian Manufacturing Industry that will be held on Oct. 29 to focus on the leading and promoting role of China's high-speed railway toward the equipment manufacturing industry and related industries.

The Ministry of Railways is the support unit of China's high-speed railway, and its related high-level leaders and leading experts will also focus on the analysis of the independent innovation and the future development strategies of China’s high-speed railways.

By People's Daily Online

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