Treaty of Nanking

Safe railways are far more important than the nation's space programme

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am


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I refer to the report ('Crash 'could have been avoided'', September 29) in which differing views were expressed over the accident in Shanghai's subway system on September 27.

Many people have expressed fear and anger over the collision of the two trains, with questions raised about the safety of the mainland's railway systems.

One expert from the State Laboratory of Rail Traffic Control and Safety said the Shanghai accident had exposed equipment, technology and management problems in the construction and operation of the passenger rail system.

However, another academic said what happened on September 27 should not be used as an argument against future railway development in China.

I am puzzled by the country's technological development. China has made great strides forward with its space programme, but with the rail networks we see no improvements.

I believe it is more important to ensure safe journeys on our trains than to aim for greater achievements in space.

Ensuring the safety of citizens should be seen as a priority by the government.

Airlines take the necessary precautions to avoid collisions so why can't train operators tighten safety measures?

In your report, a psychologist from Peking University said the public had good reason to feel angry and fearful given that metro system operate in other countries without similar problems.

I believe the central government must do more to ensure that the country has safe and efficient transportation systems as they are an integral part of China's long-term development.

Tina Ma Kam-chiu, Tsuen Wan