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China Censors High Speed Train Crash Anniversary.

  • 23-07-2012 4:44pm
    Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭

    One of the worlds largest ever infrastructure programmes grinds to a crashing halt.

    It is less than 18 months since the minister and chief engineer were arrested for corruption and China went from opening 70 sections of high speed rail in 2011 to only 9 in 2012 and possibly only 3 in 2013.

    They reduced most speed limits by 50km/h in 2011 as well. China has an insanely ambitious airport programme still on the go with 20 a year to build from 2012-2015.


  • Registered Users Posts: 260 ✭✭Franticfrank

    Interesting article, thanks for the link! I wouldn't say the high-speed rail project is at a complete halt, but of course the amount of projects being commissioned fell from something like 70 to 9. When you're introducting such advanced technology, there's always going to be problems - the Germans did have that bad ICE crash a few years ago. And if you look at statistics from China, covering it up isn't a surprise.

    Funny how the railway ministries spokesman tells the newspaper they want to forget the crash. I guess this isn't our way. Better to remember the victims and learn from your mistakes. Bad attitude aside, the network in China is still impressive, and will prove a monumental project if they eliminate the bribery and teething problems.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭Sponge Bob

    This was the most interesting article I read before the arrests/suspensions/ crash in 2011

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,373 ✭✭✭✭foggy_lad

    China is famous for fakes and government sanctioned counterfeiting. Anything to make them look good to thaw world while at home slavery and poverty for the majority of citizens is the reality! Would anyone trust high speed rail thrown down faster than kids meccano?

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭Sponge Bob

    Soon after that 'wrong ash' report in early 2011 they must have realised what they did wrong.

  • Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators Posts: 14,059 Mod ✭✭✭✭monument

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