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High-speed rail projects postponed for safety checks

9 November 2011
The Wuhan-Yichang high-speed railway, scheduled to start operation by end of November, has been postponed to allow further safety checks. This follows July’s fatal train collision on the high-speed link between Ningbo and Wenzhou, reported Xinhua.

The 291km line, linking Hefei (Anhui province), Wuhan, Yichang (both in Hubei province) and Wanzhou (Chongqing), is an important part of the Shanghai-Chengdu high-speed rail project. A trial run will be completed by the end of January and safety will be re-assessed in February. If everything is smooth, operations will start in March.

Meanwhile, the Shijiazhuang-Wuhan high-speed rail, part of the Beijing-Guangzhou-Hong Kong high-speed rail project scheduled to start operation by the end of this year, has also been postponed without a new timetable. The 840km line has a designed top speed of 350 kph.

The completion dates of several other regional rail projects have also been postponed. Officials cite the July collision as the main cause for the pause, though credit tightening is another factor.

     
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