China's railway operator said Fuxing bullet trains running on the Beijing-Tianjin intercity route travel at speeds of up to 350 kilometers per hour starting August 8.
“China's intelligent high-speed trains will achieve new advancement within three years. Fuxing bullet trains running on the Beijing-Tianjin intercity rail will increase to 350 kph starting Aug 8”, Lu Dongfu, general manager of China Railway Corporation (CRC), said at a forum on smart high-speed rail development, marking the 10th anniversary of the Beijing-Tianjin line.
On August 1, 2008, with the first high-speed train designed to travel at speeds of up to 350 kph, the Beijing-Tianjin intercity railway was officially opened. It took less than 30 minutes from the Beijing South station to the Tianjin Station.
In August 2011, the speed of the Beijing-Tianjin intercity trains was reduced to 300 kph, based on the requirements of the former Ministry of Railways.
The maximum speed of the trains increased to 350 kph between Beijing and Shanghai on September, 21, 2017, cutting the journey between the Chinese capital and the country's major financial hub to four hours and 28 minutes.
The railway department upgraded the train for the Beijing-Tianjin intercity railway in June.
“China already tops the world in high-speed train mileage”, said Lu.
Fuxing bullet trains with smarter technology will operate on a new track linking Beijing and Zhangjiakou in 2019, the CRC said. Also next year, new, longer Fuxing bullet trains with 17 cars will start operating on the Beijing-Shanghai line.
In 2020, a high-speed intercity rail between Beijing and the Xiongan New Area in north China's Hebei Province will be put into use, the CRC announced.
As the first major transportation project in the Xiongan New Area, construction on the high-speed intercity rail between Beijing and the Xiongan New Area began in February. It will take only half an hour from Beijing to the Xiongan New Area when the intercity trains begin running in 2020.