But officials say no decision has been made yet on what technology to use Shanghai and Zhejiang province are considering using German magnetic-levitation technology for a high-speed rail line to Hangzhou. But following a string of local media reports, officials have denied that any decision has been made. An official with the Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Company, operator of the city's maglev train, said: 'I understand that the government is considering using maglev technology for the train link between Shanghai and Hangzhou.' Shanghai boasts the world's only maglev train in commercial operation, a 30km line that whisks travellers between the international airport and the Pudong development zone in eight minutes at speeds of up to 430km/h. A company spokesman said a decision on extending the line to Hangzhou would be made by the central government. Newspaper reports said Zhejiang had commissioned a study that envisioned a half-hour journey by maglev train between the provincial capital of Hangzhou and Shanghai. A trip by express train now takes just less than two hours. The Oriental Morning Post and Shanghai Daily said two routes were possible. One would originate from Longyang station - part of Shanghai's existing Maglev line - with a stop at the future World Expo site and then onward to Hangzhou. Another possibility requires the line to start from the international airport and pass through Haining en route to Hangzhou. The project could be completed as early as 2008, in time for the World Expo in 2010, reports said. But an official with the Zhejiang Planning Commission, Wang Guoxiang, denied that a decision had been made. 'This news is false. We have not decided what technology to use,' he said. Zhejiang officials say a high-speed rail line is needed, regardless of the technology, to improve links between the province and the rest of the Yangtze River Delta area. A Shanghai government spokeswoman, Jiao Yang, said the city would abide by the decision of the central government, but declined to comment on what technology local officials preferred. 'This project involves a city and province, so the State Council and the relevant government departments will decide. Shanghai will support the government's decision,' she said. A similar debate over technology is taking place on a railway line between Shanghai and Beijing. Industry officials say the mainland is leaning towards conventional technology from France, though Germany companies could still play a role. Some expect a decision to emerge after the annual National People's Congress session now under way in Beijing. The maglev, made by a German consortium, is also in the running for the Beijing-Shanghai project.