New Urbanism

Transport system bracing for annual strain

With the Lunar New Year just two weeks away, transport hubs are bracing for a record number of travellers over the 40-day holiday period, which begins today.

Sunday, 8 January, 2012, 12:00am

Crash may hurt China's hopes for US contract

Last month's high-speed-train crash on the mainland may have dashed the chances of Chinese companies winning contracts to build the California high-speed railway in the US.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Rail exports still on track - for now

Last weekend's deadly high-speed train crash has not yet derailed China's rail exports, with a British operator eyeing an order for Chinese trains valued at more than GBP200 million (HK$2.6 billion) and Thailand considering teaming up with mainland firms to build a network.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Safety must come on rail network

The first fatal accident on China's high-speed rail system was bound to cause public outcry. Massive expenditure, the breakneck speed of construction, corruption and a political dimension had already made it a controversial project.

27 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

High-speed rail link to start running on June 30

The high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai will begin operations on June 30, the Ministry of Railways announced yesterday.

The 1,318-kilometre link between the mainland's political and economic centres will be completed in as little as four hours and 48 minutes - more than five hours less than the quickest trains now in service.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Railways body eyes more trains, dual-speed lines

China will boost rail passenger capacity and shift the nation's high-speed railway to a dual-speed system, regarded as less sophisticated than train systems in France and Japan.

Despite the greater capacity, demand will still exceed supply and millions of travellers will still have difficulty obtaining train tickets.

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hu signals new high-speed railways approach

President Hu Jintao has called for a change in the development of China's ambitious but controversial high-speed railways - another sign that top leaders are now adopting a more cautious attitude towards the project.

18 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Railway chief pledges war on corruption

The new party chief of the railways ministry, Sheng Guangzu, has pledged his new team will not become personally involved in the ministry's lucrative construction contracts, a hotbed for corruption that allegedly led to the downfall of his predecessor.

15 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

High-speed rail stations urged for airports

China is not doing enough to prevent high-speed trains killing off domestic intercity flights, transport executives said yesterday in Hong Kong.

One way to diminish the impact of the country's growing express-rail network would be to locate high-speed train stations at airports, the executives said at the High Speed Rail Asia 2010 Conference.

16 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

High-speed trains force airlines to drop route

There is only one way to get from Zhengzhou to Xian these days and it does not involve flying.

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Transparency the route for high-speed railways

High-speed railways are understandably attractive to China's leaders: inter-city travel is quick and comfortable, jobs are created, the environment fares better than with highways and a grand statement of technological prowess is made. For all the perceived benefits, though, the headlong rush to build tracks is monumentally expensive.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

High-speed rail doesn't add up, planner says

A researcher with the powerful National Development and Reform Commission has openly questioned China's ambitious high-speed rail plan, saying it is not economic.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

GE wants China's fast-rail technology

United States conglomerate GE is negotiating with China's Ministry of Railways to use mainland technology in President Barack Obama's multibillion-dollar plan to build a high-speed rail network across America.

17 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

The problem with fast rail networks

On Saturday, the Legislative Council finally approved HK$66.9 billion in funding for the government's proposed high-speed rail link to Guangzhou, but only after the allocation was steamrollered through in the face of considerable popular resistance.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am