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Continued debate over high-speed rail prices

26 September 2012
The opening of a new high-speed railway line on 28 September has stirred debate over high ticket prices in China, according to an article in China Daily.

Trains on the Zhengzhou-Wuhan line in central China will run at up to 300kph and will cut travel times by more than half. The line will also help connect several other major cities with existing lines in central and southern China. However, ticket prices are about three times those for standard trains, which makes them unaffordable for many low-income earners.
A “torrent of public complaints” has been aired on Sina Weibo and other microblogging websites, according to the newspaper. Some people said they would prefer to travel by air as flight tickets, discounted by about 50 per cent on an average day, cost almost the same as high-speed rail services.

     
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