Chinese High Speed Rail Line Passing Through Wenzhou Turns Chaotic; Cancellations and Delays Continuing

Wenzhou South Delays
Passengers look at delay and cancellation announcements on an electronic bulletin board in Wenzhou South Station. Photo by Shihomi Kaketani.

Chinese High Speed Rail Line Passing Through Wenzhou Turns Chaotic; Cancellations and Delays Continuing
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国高速鉄道ダイヤ大混乱、運休や遅れ相次ぐ
Yasuharu Seki reporting from Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China 11:49 AM August 2, 2011

Over 40 trains have been delayed or cancelled on the high speed railway passing through Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province, the site of a major accident July 23, since the afternoon of August 1.

The first delay was at 1:30 PM on the 1st. More than 10 high speed trains passing through Wenzhou South Station were delayed 3-4 hours. The chaotic schedule continued on the 2nd; by noon 14 trains had been canceled and 17 delayed. The station staff predicted that the line would return to normal in the afternoon.

According to passengers on a train bound from Shanghai to Amoi, Fujian Province on the afternoon of the 1st, their train sat on the tracks for over 2 hours. When asked for the reason, the attendants responded that “the signal ahead of us is not functioning.” Some trains that were not scheduled to pass through Wenzhou South Station were also delayed.

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