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Stretching 15,500 miles, China’s “bullet train” network is already the largest in the world. By comparison, the second biggest high-speed rail network – in Spain – measures just 1,926 miles.
But by the end of 2018, China’s will get even longer.
China Railway Corp, the country’s government-owned train operator, will soon finish the last phase of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, a high-speed rail line spanning more than 80 miles.
Construction is near complete in Hong Kong, where China is building a 4 million-square-foot station for the new trains, as reported by The Hong Kong Free Press.
While the seven-year, $US10.7 billion project is certainly impressive, it has faced much controversy surrounding its cost, its construction delays, and how it could affect Hong Kong’s political autonomy.
When complete, the Guangzhou — Shenzhen — Hong Kong Express Rail Link will stretch 88.2 miles and connect Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.[img]https://static.businessinsider.com/image/5ac7efcd87826b2f008b4849-1200.jpg[/img]Arup
Construction began in 2011, and the majority of the line is already in operation. The last phase in Hong Kong will measure about 16 miles long,according toChina Daily.
This article first appeared on www.businessinsider.com.au
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