The overall mileage of China’s transport network, including railways, roads and bridges, will reach 700,000 kilometers by 2035, the country’s cabinet said yesterday.

There will be 200,000 kms of railways, 460,000 kms of roads and 25,000 kms of bridges in 14-years’ time, the State Council said. China will have 400 airports, 27 coastal ports, 36 riverside ports and 80 postal hubs by then. The infrastructure will be convenient, cost efficient, green, smart and reliable, it said.

All this will enable China to achieve the ‘1,2,3 transport circle’ at home by 2035, which refers to reducing all commutes in cities to under one hour, travel between city clusters to two hours and having all major municipalities just a three-hour journey away from each other.

It will also accomplish the ‘global 1,2,3 rapid delivery circle,’ slashing the delivery times of goods both at home and abroad. China’s commodities will be able to reach all domestic customers within one day, those living in neighboring nations within two days and those in the world’s major cities within three days.

The demand for both passenger transport and freight will continue to increase steadily, the cabinet said. The number of travelers is expected to be grow at a yearly rate of 3.2 percent from next year to 2035, parcel delivery at 2 percent and postal delivery at 6.3 percent. Demand for cross-border deliveries and bulk cargo will remain high.

Existing facilities will be upgraded to improve their levels of interconnection and intelligentization, it said. For instance, the country will promote the Beidou satellite navigation network, apply new generation telecoms technologies and spur the development of smart and connected vehicles.

As of the end of 2020, the national railway operating mileage reached 146,300 kilometers, of which the high-speed railway operating mileage reached 37,900 kilometers. In other words, in accordance with the requirements of the “Outline”, in the next 15 years (2021-2035), China will build 53,700 kilometers of railways, including 32,100 kilometers of high-speed railways and 21,600 kilometers of normal-speed railways, with an average annual growth rate of high-speed railways. 2140 kilometers, 1440 kilometers of general-speed railway.

Counting from the opening of the Beijing-Tianjin Intercity, the first high-speed railway with a high standard and a design speed of 350 kilometers per hour in Mainland China, China’s high-speed railway has grown from zero in the past 13 years, increasing by 37,900 kilometers. The high-speed railway increased by 28,700 kilometers, with an average annual growth of 2,915 kilometers for high-speed railways and 2,208 kilometers for ordinary-speed railways.

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