Rail experts were surprised by the news, with some calling the plan “ridiculous”.
The Ministry of Science and Technology on Wednesday released a five-year plan on high-speed train research and development, stressing the need to address issues of speed, safety, energy efficiency and developing export markets.
But perhaps most shocking was that making the trains faster topped the ministry’s to-do list.
“Continuously increasing train speeds … meets the demand of our country’s high-speed-rail development strategy,” the document said.
Mainland researchers were asked to study and develop a “super-high-speed train system” in “super-high-speed conditions”. And to start with, they will be given an experimental train that was built last year with a top speed of 500km/h.
The ministry did not reveal the cost of the project.
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