The opening of a new high-speed train line linking Nanjing, Jiangsu province, with Ningbo, Zhejiang’s only deepwater port, will not only make the integration of the Yangtze River Delta region (population 75 million) almost a certainty.
The new high-speed rail line passing through Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s provincial capital, will commence operations on Monday. Formerly, it took more than five hours to go from Nanjing to Ningbo, but the high-speed rail line will reduce that time to about two hours.
China is also making the high speed rail system smarter and safer. A prototype of China’s first intelligent high-speed has been developed successfully by the CSR Qingdao Sifang Locomotive Co., Ltd on June 25.
The development of the intelligent high-speed train has three purposes: first, it can assure the safe operation of the large-scale high-speed train in complicated environments; second, it can realize the real-time dynamic control to improve trains’ service and maintenance efficiency; third, it provides high quality service to passengers, such as information, wireless broadband, e-ticketing and other modern information services.