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Old September 19th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #941
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China Railway Group wins $1.4 bln subway contract

Thu Sep 18, 2008


SHANGHAI, Sept 19 (Reuters) - China Railway Group the country's largest railway and highway builder, said on Friday it had won a subway construction contract worth a provisional total of 9.5 billion yuan ($1.39 billion).

The 42-month project calls for building a 40-km (25 mile) subway system in the southern Chinese boomtown of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong. The contracted amount is equivalent to 5.26 percent of the company's 2007 turnover under Chinese accounting rules.

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Old September 19th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #942
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Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway construction gets under way

2008-09-18


BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China has started construction on1,059 km, or 80 percent, of the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway in the five months since the project kicked off.

Construction on the rest of the project was awaiting preliminary work, such as land confiscation.

Nearly 100,000 workers and engineers are involved in the 31.6-billion-U.S.-dollar project, and they will use 21,000 pieces of machinery, according to the leading group of the project.

The key part of the project, a bridge spanning the Yangtze River in Nanjing, has seen 10 of its piers installed, with one left.

The 1,318-km railway line, with a designed speed of 350 km per hour, is expected to welcome passengers in five years.

Upon completion, the line would cut the travel time between the capital of Beijing and the financial hub of Shanghai in half, to five hours.

It would also lift the one-way transport capacity to 80 million passengers and more than 100 million tonnes of cargo annually, so as to ease the burden on the existing line.

The line would traverse Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu before reaching Shanghai.


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Old September 26th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #943
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China Railway wins contracts worth $334 million


Wed Sep 24, 2008


SHANGHAI, Sept 25 (Reuters) - China Railway Group the country's largest railway and highway builder, said on Thursday that four of its subsidiaries had won four contracts worth a total of 2.28 billion yuan ($334 million).

The value of the contracts is equivalent to 1.27 percent of the company's 2007 sales under domestic accounting standards, the company said in a filing carried by the official Shanghai Securities News.

The contracts include building a major railway station in the southern city of Fuzhou and construction of highways and railways in China's Guangdong and Sichuan provinces, the company said

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Old September 26th, 2008, 05:04 AM   #944
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I am so jealous of China's HSR. My hat goes off to the government for investing so heavily in rail transport.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #945
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Can you say blazing-fast development?
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Old September 28th, 2008, 10:42 PM   #946
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Construction work starts on Lanzhou-Chongqing railway


2008-09-27


Work on a major railway connecting Lanzhou, capital of northwest China's Gansu Province, with the southwestern city of Chongqing, began in Lanzhou on Friday.

The 820-km, double-line electrified railway, co-invested by the Railway Ministry, Gansu and Sichuan provinces and Chongqing Municipality, is expected to open to traffic in 2014.

The railway will cut the distance on the route from 1,466 km to 820 km and the travel time from 22 hours to 6 and a half.

Fares will fall, too, to about two-thirds of the past, according to forecasts by rail authorities.

Trains are expected to run at 160 km per hour, with a daily capacity of 50 trains.

The line "is conducive to optimizing the railway layout, improving the transportation quality and promoting the development of western China," Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang told a launch ceremony.

Investors will put 2 billion yuan ($293 million) into environmental protection, accounting for 2 percent of the total cost, according to China Railway First Survey and Design Institute Group Ltd.

The May 12 earthquake had a minor effect on the railway. The railway designers used a detour around geologically dangerous areas, said Huang Yanbin, chief designer.

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Old September 30th, 2008, 06:17 AM   #947
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So the total cost is around 14.7 billion $?
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Old October 3rd, 2008, 01:29 AM   #948
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more like 77.4 billion yuan (11.3 billion U.S. dollars)

http://en.ce.cn/Industries/Transport...16936436.shtml
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Old October 5th, 2008, 07:21 PM   #949
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amazing! budget and development! , i would love to visit China and use there railways!
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Old October 5th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #950
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Old October 5th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #951
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Old October 6th, 2008, 01:21 AM   #952
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How much of Chinese RR network is double-track?
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Old October 7th, 2008, 10:00 PM   #953
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Railway to be constructed to connect SW China to booming areas

2008-10-06


GUIYANG, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A major railway connecting Guiyang, capital of southwest China's Guizhou Province, with Guangzhou, the southern Guangdong Province capital, is expected to begin construction on Oct. 13, a local official said here on Monday.

The 857 km electrified railway, co-invested by the Railway Ministry, Guizhou and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is expected to be operational in 2012, said Wang Tongjun, deputy head of Chengdu Railway Bureau, which administrates railways in Sichuan and Guizhou provinces and Chongqing Municipality.

The investment is 85.8 billion yuan (12.53 billion U.S. dollars).

The railway will cut travel time between the two cities from 20hours to 6 hours.

Trains are expected to run at 200 km per hour, with a daily capacity of 100 trains and an annual capacity for goods transportation of 25 million tons.

The line is conducive to transporting goods from southwest China to the booming Pearl River Delta areas, including Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, Wang said.

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Old October 7th, 2008, 10:06 PM   #954
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Beijing-Shijiazhuang railway under construction

2008-10-07


Construction began on a high-speed passenger rail line between Beijing and Shijiazhuang, capital of north China's Hebei province Tuesday, the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said.

The new 281 kilometer line is part of another route which connects Beijing, Guangzhou and Hong Kong in south China. It totals more than 2,300 km long.

With an estimated cost of 43.87 billion yuan ($6.42 billion), the Beijing-Shijiazhuang line is expected to be complete and in operation in four years. It is jointly funded by the MOR, Beijing and Hebei governments.

The designed speed of the railway is 350 km per hour. Initially, however, trains will only travel 300 km per hour.

Once operating, this new line should cut the journey from Beijing to Shijiazhuang from 119 minutes to less than 60 minutes, the ministry said.

The new line will have six stations.

Seventy-seven percent of it, or about 218.47 km, will be built on an elevated alignment to save land.

In the meantime, Chinese workers will also be building a 28.7-km-long railway linking Shijiazhuang to Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province.

The MOR said it hopes to build 9,800 km of passenger-dedicated railway over its Five-year Plan (2006-2010).

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Old October 8th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #955
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Numbers sound great
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Old October 10th, 2008, 05:16 AM   #956
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China to build railways linking Xinjiang with central,south Asia

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URUMQI - Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is expected to build nine railways covering more than 2,000 km of track to link the Muslim area with other parts of the country and central and south Asia before 2020, a local railway official said here on Thursday.

They included a China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway, a China-Pakistan railway and seven railways linking the region with neighboring Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Qinghai and Gansu provinces, said Wu Jian, the Urumqi Railway Bureau deputy head.

The new lines will provide a faster link between western China and central Asia and improve the southern passageway of the new Euro-Asia continental bridge.

Xinjiang opened its first railway in 1962. Currently, it has more than 3,000 km of rail line and another 2,200 km of track is under construction.

Currently the only rail linking Xinjiang with central Asia is a 460-km line between Urumqi and the Alataw Pass where it connects to Kazakhstan's railway.

China and its central Asian neighbors have been carrying out feasibility studies to improve their rail network amid growing trade in recent years.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 04:34 AM   #957
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China starts building railway linking southwestern inland to southern port city

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GUILIN, Guangxi, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday began construction on a major regional railway to connect the less-developed southwestern inland Guizhou Province with the southern Guangdong Province, one of the country's economic powerhouses.

The 857-km line starts from Guizhou's provincial capital, Guiyang, running southwards through Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and ending in the port city Guangzhou, Guangdong's capital.

The new line is designed to be a double-track electrified railway and will allow trains to travel at 200 km an hour. With an estimated cost of 85.8 billion (12.6 billion U.S. dollars), the Guiyang-Guangzhou line is expected to be complete and operational in six years.

Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang who attended the ground-breaking ceremony, said the new line, upon completion, would provide a fast rail route with large transport capacity from Guiyang to Guangzhou. It would improve the rail networks in southwestern and southern China by cutting the journey time between the southwest and the Pearl Delta region.

This railway was also expected to help people living along the line shake off poverty and achieve sound and fast economic development, he said.

Zhang demanded workers and engineers protect the environment and respect local customs during construction since the line runs through areas that are home to many people of ethnic minorities and famous for beautiful landscape.
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Are they plannign a tunnel between China and Japan?
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Old October 14th, 2008, 10:59 AM   #959
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never heard of it. I hear rumors about digging tunnels between China mainland to Taiwan and laying mega bridge between Dalian to Yantai (both over 100km across the sea).
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Old October 18th, 2008, 05:50 PM   #960
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China puts railways at heart of stimulus plan

BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China is preparing steps to boost domestic demand, including more spending on railways, to help cushion the impact of the global credit crisis, a senior official said on Saturday.

The package of measures will be finalised at next month's Central Economic Work Conference, at which top policy makers will chart policy for 2009, Zheng Xinli, vice-head of the ruling Communist Party's Policy Research Office, said.

"China will roll out some very important measures to boost domestic demand next year," Zheng told reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum.

He said China still had potential to increase consumption further, but rapid growth in household spending in recent years meant the scope was limited.

Policy makers were concentrating instead on stepping up investment in industrial projects and infrastructure, particularly railways, and at relaxing curbs on the property sector.

Zheng said the National Development and Reform Commission, the main planning agency, was working on detailed proposals for rail reform.

Beijing has budgeted 1.2 trillion yuan ($175.7 billion) in rail investment for 2006-2010, more than four times the sum in the previous five years, to make up for past underinvestment that has resulted in serious cargo and passenger bottlenecks.

Much of current rail capacity is devoted to the transport of coal, the main source of power, forcing a lot of freight to be moved by road even though it is less efficient. Passenger trains are very overcrowded, especially at holiday periods.

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Zheng drew a parallel between the policy response now being drafted and the road-building programme that China launched to pump up the economy after the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis.

"Last time when we tried to boost domestic demand we built our highway system. This time we will probably build up our railway network," he said.

Zheng said the government, unlike a decade ago, was unlikely to have to resort to massive bond financing to pay for the investment binge because tax revenues were strong.

Beijing issued 360 billion yuan in long-term infrastructure bonds between 1998 and 2000.

"It's not necessary right now, but we will issue such bonds if we have to," Zheng said.

China's economy is slowing after five years of double-digit growth. Commerce Minister Chen Deming told Reuters in Paris that figures on Monday were likely to show annual gross domestic product growth fell in the third quarter to "a little bit above 9 percent" from 10.1 percent in the second quarter.

Still, Zheng said the government had been pleasantly surprised so far that exports had not taken a bigger hit from the global crisis. Annual export growth picked up to 21.5 percent in September from 21.1 percent in August.

"It seems our original estimate was a little pessimistic. The result turned out to be much better than we expected," he said.

Zheng surmised that demand was holding up well because China mainly shipped everyday consumer goods that were keenly priced, not higher-end discretionary items.

As part of the policy focus on domestic demand, China is counting on rural land reforms -- approved by Communist Party leaders a week ago, but not yet made public -- to boost agricultural productivity and incomes.

Cao Yuanzheng, an economist at Bank of China International, told the forum that China needed to look to rural reforms to drive growth over the next 30 years, in much the same way as market reforms and opening up to the outside world have powered growth over the past 30 years.
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