2013 National Railways Conference Held in Beijing

The Chinese Ministry of Railways has just held its 2013 annual national railways work conference. It both looked back at the past year, and outlined expectations for 2013.

Looking back at 2012…

  • 1.893 billion people travelled by train (a rise of 4.8% year on year)
  • 3.892 billion tonnes of freight were carried (basically the same as 2011)
  • Key new lines opened include the Harbin-Dalian HSR, which operated at freezing temperatures over winter, and the Beijing-Wuhan part of the Beijing-Guangzhou HSR, the longest in the world
  • The current Chinese railway network is now a 98,000 km network, the second largest in the world
  • China’s HSR network now stands at 9,356 km, the largest on the planet

2013 targets include…

  • Improving on railway security with a nationwide safety campaign throughout the year
  • Goals of carrying 2.035 billion passengers and 4.03 billion tonnes of freight (increases of 7.5% and 3.5%, respectively)
  • Organise and implement major reforms in railway freight transport
  • Prepare for eventual organisational reforms in the Chinese railway system
  • Further stomp out corruption in the system — wherever it may happen
  • Invest RMB 650 billion into the railways to complete and open to the public 5,200 km of new lines
  • Improve railway technology and innovation
  • Improve the living standards of railway crew
  • A focus on railway culture

The meeting was held in Beijing on 17 January 2013, where railways minister Sheng Guangzu gave a speech.

By David Feng

David Feng — founder and publisher, Tracking China, a Street Level China website.

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