New Ruling Reduces Speed of China’s Bullet Trains
New plans have been implemented that will make Chin’a bullet trains run at a slower speed. The rescheduling of trains and railway operations has been completed, a month after the train crash in Wenzhou.
The new schedules will affect 498 trains and major rail routes such as Beijing-Harbin, Beijing Guangzhou, Beijing-Shanghai and the Lianyunggang-Lanzhou rail lines. Just this month, high-speed trains traveling from Beijing to Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou had their speeds reduced to 300 km per hour from the previous 350 km per hour.
The remaining high-speed lines also recently adopted the new schedule . Trains running at speeds of 250 km per hour have now been reduced to 200 km per hour. Intercity trains used to travel 200 km per hour might be reduced to 160 km per hour according to the Ministry of Railways. A regulation was also released by China’s State Council that ordered stricter safety inspections of high speed railways and a suspending of approvals for new railway projects until the necessary inspections are done and accepted.