Sure, we’re typically the envy of other nations for our high speed train system, but yesterday commuters had to endure a 2-hour delay when the first high-speed train from Nanjing to Shanghai went awry. The trip, which was meant to last 75 minutes traveling at a top speed of 350 kilometers per hour, experienced a power glitch early on, stalling in Jiangsu.
The Shanghai Railway Bureau, who operates the train service, apologized yesterday for the incident, but affected passengers have not been offered compensation.
“It was even slower than regular trains,” complained one passenger surnamed Liu. Call it a case of bad luck. Liu and other passengers forked over 146RMB per ticket, 56% more than a ticket for a regular train.
He told a local newspaper the train stopped for no apparent reason soon after it left Nanjing at 1:15pm. Half an hour later, passengers were told there was “an emergency repair ahead.” The service resumed at 2:45pm and reached Shanghai at 4pm, almost two hours behind schedule.
Perhaps things will go better when the Hangzhou-Shanghai link starts its operations.