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Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area to get better transport network

China will build a comprehensive traffic network in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region to ensure people can travel between neighboring cities in 90 minutes, Ministry of Transport spokesman Sun Wenjian said on Sept 26.


Sun told a regular ministry news conference that express railway services will cover all cities of prefecture-level and above in the region.


He said the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region has achieved positive results with a number of major transportation projects steadily forging ahead. More efforts will now be made to promote railway development in the region, build a convenient and easy road traffic network, and adjust the region's transportation structure, Sun said.


China initiated a key strategy in 2014 to coordinate the development of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province.


Reforms aim to cut logistics costs, increase efficiency


China is carrying out pilot reforms to reduce logistics costs and increase efficiency in six provincial-level regions including Shanxi, Zhejiang and Chongqing, a notice published on Sept 29 said.


Jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transport, it said the pilot program will run to August 2021.


Regions involved in the program should study and formulate practical measures within their administrative power to reduce logistics costs and improve efficiency according to their own conditions and needs, it said.


The notice said innovative policy demands and suggestions related to the administrative power of State Council departments or those that contradict existing rules, regulations and normative documents should be submitted to the NDRC and the Ministry of Transport.


Successful models and advanced experience in pilot areas will be promoted in an appropriate way after an assessment of the reform results, it said.


(China Daily)