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China opens world's longest high-speed rail line

Last updated on: December 27, 2012 09:57 IST

Image: CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains are seen at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province.
Photographs: Reuters.

China's much hyped railway network got a boost with the opening of the world's longest high-speed rail line on Wednesday.

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China opens world's longest high-speed rail line

Image: Attendants pose for pictures inside a high-speed train during an organized experience trip from Beijing to Zhengzhou, as part of a new rail line.
Photographs: Reuters.

The opening of the 2,298-kilometre line from Beijing to Guangzhou will cut down travle time between to the two cities by nearly 12 hours.

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China opens world's longest high-speed rail line

Image: An attendant stands inside a high-speed train during an organized experience trip from Beijing to Zhengzhou, as part of a new rail line.
Photographs: Reuters.

Trains on the high-speed line will initially run at 300 km/hr taking 8 hours to reach from Beijing to Guangzhou, from 20 hours earlier.

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China opens world's longest high-speed rail line

Image: An employee uses a flashlight to inspect a CRH380 (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet train at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province.
Photographs: Reuters.

According to Reuters, rail investment slowed sharply in the wake of that accident and state media reported earlier this year that the government had cut planned railway investment by 500 billion yuan ($80.27 billion) to 2.3 trillion yuan under a five-year plan to 2015.

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China opens world's longest high-speed rail line

Image: A new high-speed train is pictured before it departs from the Beijing-South railway station for Shanghai.
Photographs: David Gray/Reuters.

The train will have 35 stops in cities like Zhengzhou, Wuhan and Changsha. China has a total of 9,300 kilometres of high-speed railways.