Beijing starts driverless metro train trials

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Beijing has started driverless metro train tests on the line that links city’s center with the new international airport.
Designed for speeds of 160 km/h, when the trains will enter services in September, they will travel 19 minutes from Beijing’s south third ring road to Beijing Daxing International Airport.
The trains are being built by China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, Qingdao Sifang.
The 41-km line will connect the new airport with Caoqiao station in Fengtai District where passengers can transfer to metro line 10. The line is part of an integrated transport network that will offer public transport connection with metro system, intercity and high-speed services and expressways with the airport at the center.
Beijing Daxing International Airport, situated 46 km south of downtown Beijing, is designed to take pressure off overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs.

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