China to build 127 key special rail lines
China will plan and construct 127 key special railway lines by 2020. These lines, with a total length of 1,586 km, are expected to reduce the number of short shuttle trips, boost traffic efficiency and improve economic and social benefits, according to the Chinese development and reform commission (NDRC).
China recently released a guideline on accelerating the construction of special railway lines, vowing to ensure that 80% of the major coastal ports, large industrial and mining enterprises and new logistics parks will be accessible by the special lines by 2020.
The scale will reach 85% by 2025, with all main ports along the Yangtze River accessible by rail, according to the guideline. (ben)