State Railway Administration News: The State Council Information Office held a press conference at 3 pm on October 22, 2020 (Thursday). Director of the State Railway Administration introduced the development achievements of the railway sector during the 13th Five-Year Plan period and answered questions from reporters.

The first is the rapid development of railway network construction. The main framework of the “four vertical and four horizontal” high-speed railways has been fully completed, the main railways of the “eight vertical and eight horizontal” high-speed railways and the general-speed mainline railway have been accelerated, and the intercity railways in key areas have been rapidly advancing. A large number of new lines, such as the smart Beijing-Zhangjiakou high-speed railway and the Haoji Railway for transportation of coal from the north to the south have opened and operated. As of the end of 2019, the national railway operating mileage reached 139,000 kilometers, including 35,000 kilometers of high-speed railways. By the end of the “13th Five-Year Plan”, a railway network with reasonable layout, wide coverage, clear hierarchy, safe and efficient will be basically formed.

The second is that the transportation quality has been significantly improved. The railway industry focuses on meeting the people’s growing demand for railway transportation, vigorously implements structural reforms on the railway supply side, and continues to improve transportation supply capacity, service quality, and safety. From 2015 to 2019, the national railway passenger volume increased by 9.6% annually, and the freight volume increased by 6.9% annually.

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