World's fastest train to start operating next month in China
The world’s fastest train with the maximum speed of 380 km per hour will be launched in China next month and will run on Zhengzhou-Xuzhou high-speed track.
After the new train is launched, the travel time between Zhengzhou, Central China’s Henan province, and Xuzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province, will be shortened from 2-hour 33-minute to about 80-minute, state-run People’s Daily Online reported.
Compared to the last generation bullet train, the new train’s continuous operating speed has increased 50 km per hour to 350 km per hour, and the highest speed is 400 km per hour in testing phase.
In future, the new generation train will be mainly used to carry passengers in China. China has built about 16,000 kms of his speed train tracks connecting most of its top cities including the Beijing-Shanghai train which made a USD billion profit last year.
More lines are being constructed as the government tries to bolster the economy with infrastructure investment and make travel more convenient. China is also trying to aggressively market its high speed train technology abroad especially in India.
A Chinese train firm is currently conducting feasibility study for Chennai-New Delhi high speed train.
(With Agency input)