75 percent growth in China Europe freight train services

It’s not just rail connections between China and Europe that are growing. Photo credit – Pixabay

75 percent growth in China Europe freight train services

There’s been an astonishing growth in the number of train services between China and Europe over the course of the last year.

That’s according to Xinhua news agency, who report that there were 75 percent more trains in the first quarter of this year, when compared to 2017.

For regular readers, that news won’t come as a surprise.

Only weeks ago, we reported that ten years ago, there were no direct train services linking Chinese and European cities. Now, there are 34 cities in Europe and 35 in China linked by such routes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative has been widely credited with having been the driving force behind the phenomenal growth of the rail freight connections over the last decade.

It’s not just rail connections between China and Europe that are growing, however.

We reported earlier in the year that a total of nine new flights between China and Europe are expected to be launched in the first half of 2018.

That’s according to specialist publication Travel Weekly, which also reported that more routes could follow later in the year.

Several of the new flights will serve the United Kingdom at one end, including new connections between London and Wuhan, Xi’an and Changsha, and Edinburgh to Beijing via Dublin. There’ll also be a resumed link between London and Chengdu, served by Air China.

Rupert Reid

Pilot and Senior Broadcast Journalist at Panda Radio. You can find him on Twitter @rupertreid