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City plans to build ‘hanging railway’

SHANGHAI plans to build a “hanging railway” to transfer passengers between commercial, port and riverside areas, the service provider of the railway said today.

The suspended, driverless passenger suspension railway known as H-Bahn has been used in Dortmund and Dusseldorf, Germany, since the 1980s.

The network will be built in Jing’an, Yangpu and Baoshan districts, Germany-based Air Train International announced today at the Rail Metro China 2015 exhibition.

The governments of the three districts have completed early evaluations to carry out the project. The evaluation will take about two years while construction will take another two years, Bao Zaiyong, an official with the company in charge of the project told Shanghai Daily.

The trains run automatically and are centrally controlled. They have a maximum speed of 30 kilometers per hour, Bao said.

Each train can carry about 70 passengers while a maximum of eight trains can be connected and run together during rush hours, he said.


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