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Rail authority tightens management for train safety

The Ministry of Railways today called for stricter management of high-speed rail projects as loopholes were found in some key sections, posing threat to trains. It's the latest move by the railway authorities to ensure railway safety after a bullet train collision killed 40 people in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province on July 23. The new Nanjing Railway Station was built in haste to meet the deadline for the opening of the Shanghai-Beijing High-speed Rail. Some parts of the station have to be redone to fix defects. The railway authorities will conduct a safety check on all the high-speed rails in the country soon. Meanwhile, new train schedules were adopted today with some bullet train services removed. Shanghai railway operator said passengers can get refund for the 24 canceled services, most of them running on the Shanghai-Beijing line. Fewer than 100 passengers would be affected by the changes. The operator said the non-stop train services are not cut, but their schedule at the Hongqiao Railway Station has been shortened from 7:10am to 11:01pm.

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