Chinese Railways’ Current Sources of Inefficiency

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


This chapter will first present some hypotheses on the main inefficiencies in Chinese Railways’ operations derived from the key performance indicators introduced in chapter 3.2.1. Chinese Railways’ performance will be compared with the benchmark railways as well as with some other selected railways worldwide. The hypotheses will then be tested and supplemented by information obtained from the research interviews 39 and literature search. The railroad efficiency improvement framework introduced in chapter 3.2.2 will be applied to Chinese Railways in chapter 8. In order to ease application, the inefficiencies will be grouped according to the business fields holding, passenger, freight, and infrastructure from chapter 7.2 onwards.


High Speed Train Rolling Stock Passenger Transport Freight Train Compound Annual Growth Rate 
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    See also Wan (2006) citing Wen Li, Professor at Beijing Normal University and one of China’s most well-known researchers on railways: according to Prof. Wen, given enough money, with importation of sophisticated equipment, making trains run faster is a relatively simple thing to do. But Wen also states that there is a limit to what shortening of travel time can achieve.Google Scholar

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