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Empty High-Speed Rail Stations Face Reckoning

The Beicheng station has largely remained idled since its inauguration in 2012. Photo: IC
The Beicheng station has largely remained idled since its inauguration in 2012. Photo: IC

* Railway planners simply built too many stations in some parts of China and often chose inconvenient locations, experts say

* Policymakers warned against overoptimistic estimates of railway stations’ economic benefits, especially for smaller cities

The Beicheng high-speed train station in central China’s Hefei City looks impressive enough with its 1,000-square-meter passenger hall, four platforms and eight rail lines. The six-year-old station is also mostly deserted.

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