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China relaunches world’s fastest train
Beijing West Railway Station ©颐园新居/Wikimedia

China relaunches world’s fastest train

23/08/17Government

China’s fleet of high-speed trains are set, once again, to be labelled the world’s fastest.

The Fuxing – or “rejuvenation” bullet train – was capped at maximum speeds of 300km/h in 2011, following two crashes that killed 40 people.

Starting next week, some of the trains will be allowed to resume at higher speeds of an estimated 350km/h.

The increase in maximum speed is expected to cut around an hour from the journey time when travelling between Beijing and Shanghai.

By 21 September, seven of China’s bullet trains will be authorised to travel at the increased maximum speed.

All the trains have been fitted with an improved monitoring system which will slow and stop the trains automatically should an emergency situation arise.

The nation’s rail operator is believed to be looking into ways to upgrade the track in order to enable the engines to run faster, with potential speeds approaching 400km/h. It is estimated that China has 12,400 miles of high-speed rail track.

The train crashes of 2011 led to a state investigation into the railways ministry, which uncovered widespread corruption.

A probe investigation led to several officials being charged with corruption and abuse of power.

Two senior officials were sentenced to suspended death sentences.

Pan European Networks Ltd