China Upping Their High Speed Rail Network to 30,000km

China is renowned for having the most extensive high speed rail network on the planet, hitting over 19,000km covered in 2015. Now, the country is planning on expanding that service even further with a goal of 30,000km by 2020, while also putting a strong focus on upgrading quality, comfort and technology.

Employees inspect a bullet train at a high speed railway maintenance station, to prepare for the annual mass migration ahead of the Chinese lunar new year, in Xi'an

Longest High Speed Network in the World

According to statistics, China currently owns over 60% of the total high speed rail operative mileage in the world. In fact, between 2005 and 2015, only 4,500km of operative mileage was constructed anywhere else on the planet; making China the leaders in this field. With around 10,000km worth under construction currently and a total of 30,000km thought to be covered by 2020, it’s clear that this country is leading the way when it comes to high speed rail networks.

From A to B

According to a top official, around 63% of passenger trains in China operate on the HSR lines; with a total of 4,000 electrical multiple trains (EMU) carrying people every single day. The train lines are focused on getting people from A to B in the quickest amount of time possible, connecting airports, towns, cities, and integrating with urban transport networks.

Constantly Upgrading

During the time it takes China to construct the 21,000km more it’s also thought that technologies will be more advanced. Meaning better trains and quicker speeds, moving people from A to B more efficiently. Engineers for the rail network have also said they want to focus on high quality and comfort, ensuring that the commuters and travellers journey is always a pleasant one. This will soon make them the fastest, most comfortable, and most high-tech on the planet.

It’s clear that China are leading the way with high speed rail networks and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon. With so many big things planned and a clear focus on upgrading the technologies as they expand their operative mileage, the Chinese could soon have one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world