[photopress:China_Maglev_for_extension.jpg,full,alignright]China authorities are reportedly fairly close to approving a German consortium, which includes Siemens AG, applying its technology to an extension of the magnetic-levitation (maglev) train line.
Christian Wulff, an official of the state of Lower Saxony in Germany, said Transrapid International has received ‘many green lights’ from the municipal government for the construction of the extended line for the world’s only maglev train in commercial use.
The decision is pending final approval from the State Council.
Christian Wulff said, ‘We have done a lot to bring about the extended maglev line. But time is now tight and we hope we can finish the new link to Hongqiao Airport before 2010.’
The extended line will include a stop at the 2010 World Expo, which runs from May 1 to October 31, 2010, and is expected to attract some 70 million people from around the world.
Launched in 2003 and using German technology, the current maglev train rides on a 30-km-long magnetic cushion between suburban Shanghai and its international airport in Pudong New Area.
Source: China Daily
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