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Bullet train services to halt as authorities work on new schedule

SHANGHAI will stop selling tickets for bullet trains departing from the city starting from August 15 as the Ministry of Railways works on a new national timetable, the Shanghai Railway Bureau announced today.

The suspension will affect trains with code initials of D and G departing from Shanghai Railway Station and Hongqiao Railway Station. It is yet to know when ticket sales will resume, authorities said.

The State Council, China's cabinet, yesterday ordered a slowdown of the country's high-speed train services to ensure safety after a bullet train collision on July 23 killed 40 people and injured nearly 200.

Bullet trains with a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour are ordered to travel at no more than 300kph; those with a top speed of 250kph should travel at no more than 200kph. Ticket prices will be lowered accordingly, said Sheng Guangzu, the railway minister.

Train schedules across the country will be adjusted once the ministry adopts the speed limits, the officials said.


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