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China begins trial runs of intercity trains that can travel 160km/h

Passengers can make the nearly 50km journey between Ningbo and Yuyao in Zhejiang province in about 35 minutes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 June, 2017, 4:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 June, 2017, 8:06pm

Mainland China’s first 160km/h intercity train began trial operation in the southeastern province of Zhejiang, as the nation continues to expand its railway network amid rapid urbanisation.

The two Chinese-made trains ran between Ningbo and Yuyao, a county-level city administered by Ningbo, over the past week, the news agency Xinhua reported. The trial operation will end on Friday.

Each train has eight carriages and can accommodate up to 2,000 passengers – more than any other train in the nation.

The trains, going from opposite directions, will run 16 times a day, between 6am and 8pm. It takes 35 minutes to complete the 49-kilometre journey between the two cities, according to the report.

Intercity trains, according to the national transport authority’s official code, are those that travel no faster than 200km/h and run between urban areas.

There are 20 to 30 intercity lines across mainland China, mainly in developed regions such as the Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai Bay area.

Mainland China has the world’s largest high-speed railway network, with trains than can in theory travel as fast as 350km/h. Its combined 20,000km of high-speed rail lines account for 65 per cent of the world’s total, the authority said last year.