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Building Train Sets Doesn’t Make Us Rich: Chinese Bullet Trains Run Empty

by | 2nd, August 2011

I KNOW, I know, I bang on about this, but it really is true, building faster train sets really doesn’t make us richer :

No passenger was seen in the whole carriage of a high-speed train on the Beijing-Shanghai line on July 3rd 2011. It has been reported that the high-speed rail service recently suffered a plunge in ticket sales, with trains running at less than 30 percent occupancy in the first- and second-class seats and with business-class carriages almost empty.

Brand new and empty trains rolling across the Chinese countryside at any speed are not useful infrastructure nor are they an addition to wealth.

They’re just a few thousand tonnes of wasted steel being shunted about and increasing emissions to boot.

There are times and places where trains sets are absolutely essential: you can’t get to the sort of urban density of

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