11 Aug '11, 4am

China suspends new railway projects after crash

BEIJING: China has suspended all new railway construction projects, the government said, nearly three weeks after a fatal crash that sparked fears over the safety of its high-speed rail network. The government said it had also cut the speed of trains running on newly built high-speed rail lines and will conduct safety checks on all existing high-speed links as well as those under construction. "We will suspend for the time being the examination and approval of new railway construction projects," said a statement issued by the State Council, or cabinet, late Wednesday. The government will also "thoroughly study" the projects that have already been submitted to it for approval, it added. Developing the world's largest high-speed rail network has been a key political goal for Beijing, but the death of 40 people in a collision of two high-speed trains on July 23 provoked outra...

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