Wuhan – Guangzhou Railway Exchanges Speed for Price
2011-June-29 Source: www.lifeofguangzhou.com
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A CRH380A train runs on the Wuhan - Guangzhou High Speed Railway. (Xinhua)

The ticket price and speed of the Wuhan – Guangzhou High Speed Railway will be lowered as of July 1, according to railway authorities.

Initial openings of the new rail line met criticism by some who complained that it lowered the frequency of slower and cheaper trains.

The new policy is expected to make the railway more affordable for regular passengers. The new high speed rail saves at least four hours per trip and allows the high speed railway to be more competitive.

The world' s fastest commercial railway will slow its highest speed train from 350 km/h to 300 km/h. The policy will add an even slower service at 250 km/h.

Higher speed trains, recognized by the initial "G" on their tickets, cost 740 RMB from Wuhan to Guangzhou for first class and 465 RMB for second class tickets. The trip takes three and a half hours or 17 minutes longer than before. The cost from Changsha to Guangzhou is 305/315 RMB for first and second class seats respectively.

The lower speed train with the initial "D" charges 530 RMB for first class from Wuhan to Guangzhou, and 330 RMB for second class. It takes about six hours and costs RMB 180/110 from Changsha to Guangzhou. Premium class and twin-seat class tickets will also be offered on this train, which stops at all 13 stations along the way.

There are two different railway timetables for weekdays and weekends, in which more trains run from Fridays to Sundays and on holidays. The service time for both timetables is from 7:00 – 21:00. The average interval is 15 minutes, as before.


Editor: Olivia
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