China to relaunch the world’s fastest bullet trains

China to relaunch the world’s fastest bullet trains

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Beijing, Aug 21 (AP/UNB) — China is relaunching the world’s fastest bullet trains, running at 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour.The trains will service the route from Beijing to Shanghai starting next month, making the 1,250-kilometer (777-mile) journey in just 4 hours, 30 minutes. Other routes are being added.
China first ran trains at 350 kilometres per hour in August 2008 but cut speeds back to 250-300 kilometres per hour in 2011 following a two-train collision near the city of Wenzhou that killed 40 people and injured 191.
China has laid more than 20,000 kilometres (12,400 miles) of high-speed rail, with a target of adding another 10,000 kilometres (6,214 miles) by 2020.
China has spent an estimated $360 billion on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world.

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