Beijing: After cutting back the speed of the Beijing to Shanghai bullet train following a deadly crash, China is set to again make it one of the world’s fastest.
New generation trains will service the route starting next month, making the 1,250-km (777-mile) journey from the capital to Shanghai in just 4 hours, 30 minutes. The latest trains were unveiled in June and have a top speed of 400 km/hour (250 mph), according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
China first ran trains at 350 km/hour in August 2008, but cut speeds back to 250-300 km/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 20,000km of high-speed rail, with a target of adding another 10,000km by 2020. China has spent an estimated $360 billion on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world.