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Beijing begins trials run for first driverless metro

According to the Beijing’s five-year plan on rail construction, the total length of operational rail in the city will exceed 900 km by 2020.

autos Updated: Jun 12, 2017 17:48 IST
Maximum speed on the line will be 80 kmph, and trains will have a passenger capacity of 1,262.
Maximum speed on the line will be 80 kmph, and trains will have a passenger capacity of 1,262.(AFP file photo)

The first driverless subway line in the Chinese capital city of Beijing has started its trial run before starting service by the end of this year.

The Yanfang line will serve the southwestern suburb Fangshan and be the first domestically developed automated subway on the mainland, according to First Engineering Co, Ltd of China Railway Electrification Bureau Group, which is responsible for its construction.

Maximum speed on the line will be 80 kmph, and trains will have a passenger capacity of 1,262.

According to the city’s five-year plan on rail construction, the total length of operational rail in the city will exceed 900 km by 2020.

Up to 90% of the city proper will have at least one subway station within 750 metres, and rail access will reach all of the city’s 16 urban and rural districts by 2020.

Driverless trains are planned for more lines, including an express line to the new airport being built in Daxing district.