China working to run trains at over 500 km/hour

Railway ministry chief engineer He Huawu said that new technology will increase the average speed of trains to over 500 km per hour, China Daily reported.

Speaking at a conference in central China's Wuhan city, He said that the 400-500 km/h high-speed railway technology is in its final phase of development and the 380-km/h trains are already coming off production lines.China has already put into service 7,055 km of high-speed railway tracks - the longest in the world. It is expected to reach 13,000 km by 2012.

"We aim to lead the world in high-speed railway construction," He was quoted as saying.
China-made CRH380A train hit a speed of 416.6 km per hour on a test run in September, setting a new world train speed record.

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