Automated high speed rail lines will start in China in 2019

CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has announced that an automated high-speed railway line linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou will be tested in 2019.

The 174-kilometer intercity railway is a high-speed rail line, with a designed speed of up to 350 km/h. Construction work on the line began in April 2016 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. There are 10 stations along the line.

Travel time between Beijing to Zhangjiakou in Hebei province will be shortened from the current three hours to within one hour. The automated high-speed train will use 7.5% less energy than the current slower train.

The first automated train will complete its trial run on a route linking Beijing and Shenyang in Liaoning province in the summer of 2019.

The new trains are designed specifically for viewers and athletes to travel between Beijing and Zhangjiakou during the Winter Olympics in 2022 and also have a media carriage with Wi-Fi service and TV screens for live broadcasting, an athlete drug-testing area and a storage area for winter sports equipment.

The high speed rail can still transport people to take part in various winter sport activities in Zhangjiakou after the Games, as well as support coordinated development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.