China’s high-speed railway completed over 20,000 km of track in the country on Saturday, becoming world’s longest bullet train network.
A high-speed railway line linking Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan Province with Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu Province was opened on Saturday.
With the operation of the new line, China’s high-speed railway lines have exceeded 20,000 km in total length, the world’s longest.
The 360-km line connects high-speed railway in the west with two major north-south lines.
The travel time between Xi’an and Shanghai is cut to six hours from nearly 11 hours. The line has nine stations and trains run at a speed of up to 300 kph.
Construction of the line started in December 2012 and testing started in April 2016.
China is competing with Japan to market bullet train network in India and various other countries.
While Japan bagged the contract to build Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed train, China is conducting feasibility study to build a bullet train track between Chennai and New Delhi.