China rail plans suspended

Over 54 bullet trains that run along the Chinese high speed line between Beijing and Shanghai are being recalled due to defects, according to reports.

Trains will be examined for technical faults following a series of breakdowns on the Beijing-Shanghai line, which culminated in a fatal crash at Wenzhou that killed 40 people last month.

In the days that followed the crash, 688,888 bloggers posted complaints and expressed their anger over the crash on Weiebo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Unable to ignore the response, China has announced that speeds will be cut from 155mph to 125mph and prices will be reduced in a bid to win back customers, according to China Railway Group. The high speed network, originally dubbed to be the world’s most advanced rail system, will also be scaled back.

The government had planned to expand total line length to 16,000kms by 2020.

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