China, People's Republic of: Railway Safety Enhancement Project

Sovereign Project | 39153-023 Status: Closed


ADB is helping develop an efficient and effective emergency management system for the railway network of the People's Republic of China. The project will provide and install modern railway emergency rescue and restoration equipment, capacity building and training, and institutional development.

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Project Name Railway Safety Enhancement Project
Project Number 39153-023
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2390-PRC: Railway Safety Enhancement Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Transport - Rail transport (non-urban)

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements

The Project will help develop an efficient, safe, reliable, and competitive railway transport system in the PRC. The outcome of the Project will be an efficient and effective railway emergency management system on the PRC railway network. This will be achieved by introducing safe, reliable, energy-efficient and environment-friendly technologies and providing capacity building support for staff training which will help in developing a more responsive, quicker, and efficient rescue and restoration system for dealing with emergencies on the PRC railways.

The Project comprises of (i) supply and installation of railway emergency rescue and restoration equipment, (ii) capacity building and training, and (iii) institutional development. The key inputs needed for project implementation include supply of equipment, training and MOR staff.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project reflects ADB's railway sector operational strategy for the PRC, which includes reducing railway network constraints to promote sustainable economic growth in poor areas, not served by railways, and introduce modern technology to enhance safety in railway operations. The components are formulated in line with MOR's 2004 railway development plan and 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010)

Delays in rescue and inefficient restoration are two factors contributing to loss of lives, heavy damages and prolonged disruption of traffic movement on the PRC railway network, and two of the constraints preventing the railways from capitalizing on its comparative advantages.

The Project will introduce new and modern technology for responding more quickly to emergencies taking less restoration time, and enhancing safety; provide capacity building support for handling emergencies more efficiently; and provide an institutional framework for developing a quick responsive and efficient emergency rescue and restoration system on the PRC railway network. This will help improve safety, reliability, and reduce downtime, all of which will help achieve higher standards of railway safety productivity and line capacity.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) strategy for the railway sector focuses on helping (i) expand the railway system by constructing new lines in unserved, less-developed areas; (ii) modernize, enhance safety and increase capacity to improve efficiency on key routes of the national railway system; (iii) commercialize railway operations to sustain efficient operations; and (iv) increase railway competitiveness in the transport sector through restructuring and reform. ADB has focused on the development of railways in poor, less-developed inland provinces to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty. ADB has provided 14 loans totaling about $2.9 billion to finance the construction of about 1,921 km of eight provincial railways operated by joint ventures with MOR, and 5,541 km of new railway lines under the six national railway projects. The Project, designed to promote economic growth by providing safe and efficient railway transportation in the PRC, is consistent with the PRC's development priorities and the ADB strategy.

Impact An efficient, safe, reliable, competitive railway transport system that contributes to the PRC's social development is developed in the PRC.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An efficient and effective emergency management system is developed.
Progress Toward Outcome --
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Modern emergency rescue and restoration centers established

2. Corporate governance strengthened

3. Institutional capacity strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

All sets of equipment have been installed and in operation.


166 rescue and restoration centers were developed.

Comprehensive rescue training being undertaken every year for 18 rescue and restoration centers.

Tranings undertaken to enhance staff's capacity for rescue and restoration.

Geographical Location PRC railway network
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No adverse environment impact.
Involuntary Resettlement There are no land acquisition or resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples No impact on indigenous people
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Stakeholder participation and consultations were conducted during project preparation.
During Project Implementation Stakeholder participation and consultations ongoing.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services To be determined.
Procurement MOR will procure ADB-financed components in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2007, as amended from time to time). Contracts valued in excess of $1 million will be procured through international competitive bidding (ICB). Contracts valued at less than $1 million will follow ICB, national competitive bidding (NCB), or limited international bidding (LIB) as determined by the particular circumstances of the contract package. Below $100,000, procurement will follow the shopping procedure. Other items, not financed by ADB, will be procured in accordance with government procedures acceptable to ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer Jurgen Sluijter
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Transport and Communications Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
China Railway Corporation (Formerly MOR)
*Mr. Liu Junfu
10 Fuxing Road, Beijing, China
Concept Clearance 31 Aug 2006
Fact Finding 22 Mar 2007 to 30 Mar 2007
MRM 30 Apr 2007
Approval 12 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Apr 2008
Last PDS Update 30 Sep 2014

Loan 2390-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2007 14 Mar 2008 08 Jul 2008 30 Jun 2013 30 Jun 2014 16 Oct 2014
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 140.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 12 Dec 2007 99.14 0.00 100%
Counterpart 40.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 12 Dec 2007 99.14 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Railway Safety Enhancement Project: Project Completion Report Project/Program Completion Reports Aug 2015
Railway Safety Enhancement Project Procurement Plans Dec 2013
Chongqing-Lichuan Railway Development Project/Program Administration Manual May 2010
Loan Agreement for Railway Safety Enhancement Project between People's Republic of China and Asian Development Bank dated 14 March 2008 Loan Agreement (Ordinary Resources) Mar 2008
Railway Safety Enhancement Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2007
Railway Safety Enhancement Project Design and Monitoring Frameworks Oct 2007

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  • 31 Jan 2009 | Project Result / Case Study

    Raising Rail Safety in the People's Republic of China

    As the People's Republic of China expands its rail network and adds high-speed trains, an ADB loan is helping upgrade technology and increase security In the crowded Beijing West railway station, Huo Quanfu, a 36-year-old migrant worker from Henan province, is sitting on a pile of luggage. He has been coming to Beijing every year since 2005 to work with the crew maintaining the city's parks and gardens. Now he is returning to his hometown on the midnight train.