China Launches High-Speed Trains – BBC
China has begun running a new service of high-speed trains, capable of speeds of over 200 km/h.
Chinese railways are struggling to cope with increasing transport demands and the trains are seen as a way to boost passenger capacity. Last year China carried some 25% of the world’s passengers and freight, on only 6% of its railways, local media say.
The Chinese Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying the speed increase would raise passenger capacity by more than 18% and freight capacity by more than 12%.[Full Text]