Slowing down trains

The Chinese railway sector seems to capture quite a lot of attention these days.

After announcing the potential scaling down of high-speed lines construction, it is now the turn of the slowing down of high-speed train. The cause? Safety concerns related to the velocity at which high-speed trains run – for memory Chinese engineers made no secret of having improved the original technology acquited from foreign train equipment vendors.

While this may come to a blow to Chinese engineering feat and to potential sales abroad, it is good news for the environment as high-speed train not only cost more in terms of energy consumption (proportionally) but also incur additional maintenance and repair costs. Last, but not least, a lower premium on speed may even make those high-speed lines more affordable to consumers and turn out to be more profitable in the end.