Unveiled: China's 245mph train service is the world's fastest... and it was completed in just FOUR years
How about a fast train connection between the Channel Tunnel and Inverness? The +600 miles could be cut down to a three to four hour trip at the most - say, breakfast, attending to some messages and a cosy tea break. Including planning and construction it can be done in about 4 years, the Chinese say - and have done it.
The super-high-speed train reduces the 664-mile journey to just a three-hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven-and-a-half hours, the official Xinhua news agency said.
In September, officials said they planned to build 42 high-speed lines by 2012 in a massive system overhaul as part of efforts to spur economic growth amid the global downturn.China's fast track railway system, planned or under construction - the scale is gigantic and makes Taiwan (and us) look extremely tiny:
Besides building the track Wuhan to Guangzhou Chinese workers simultaneously built nine (!) stations and they ordered 100 new trains from SIEMENS, BOMBARDIER and ALSTOM; a nice contract one would think, definitly for the shareholders and the Chinese work force as all the trains will be built in China!
When will we begin to attend to future?