China’s high-speed rail network to hit 40,000 km mark in 2021 amid push for transportation energy

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China’s high-speed rail network will reach the 40,000-kilometer mark by the end of 2021, reaching 93 percent of Chinese cities with populations over 500,000, said An Lusheng, deputy head of the National Railroad Administration, on Friday. iron. This comes as the country steps up its efforts to become a transportation powerhouse.

Over the past decade, cumulative investment in railway fixed assets exceeded 7 trillion yuan ($1.05 trillion), adding 52,000 kilometers to the country’s railway network.

By the end of last year, the country’s railways that were operational totaled 150,000 kilometers, including the 40,000 kilometers of high-speed railways, An said at a press conference summarizing the progress. remarkable achievements the country had made in accelerating its sweating prowess since the 18th National Party Congress in 2012.

The huge rail network covers 81% of the country’s counties, while high-speed trains are accessible to national cities with populations over 500,000.

At the press conference, Xu Chengguang, Vice Minister of Transport, also revealed plans for major transport projects, as the country aims to moderately increase infrastructure investment ahead of schedule under the large-scale efforts to stabilize the economy.

A host of strategically important projects such as the Sichuan-Xizang Railway and its auxiliary road are being built at a faster pace to support a broader push to stabilize investment, boost domestic demand, create jobs, securing people’s livelihoods and strengthening the macroeconomy, Xu said.

The country has built the world’s largest network of high-speed railways, highways and world-class ports, with China’s high-speed railways, Chinese roads, bridges, ports and courier services becoming the country’s calling cards,” said the vice minister, speaking of China. transportation force that has contributed to the global economy as a whole.

China has become one of the most active countries in the world in terms of transport, with major indicators such as passenger and freight traffic by rail, highway, waterway and air, and port freight throughput taking the lead in the world rankings.

Last year, the average daily number of ships entering and leaving domestic ports exceeded 69,000, and about 26,800 flights departed and landed across the country every day. In addition, the country’s courier industry handled nearly 300 million packages daily, according to Xu.

During the peak travel season, more than 10,000 passenger train journeys are made each day on average, while highways record more than 60 million journeys made by vehicles, he revealed, pointing out that the data say a lot about a country on the move that demonstrates its prosperous vitality. .

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Jose P. Rogers