China launched the “One Belt, One Road” strategy in 2013 and built the infrastructure in modern-day “Silk Route”.
Silk Route rail services are cheaper than air transport and quicker than shipping.
London is the 15th city to be linked to the Silk Route rail network.
Other Silk Route links:
Chinese city of Chongqing to Duisburg, a steel-making town and one of Germany’s most-important transportation and commercial hubs.
Beijing to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city.
Length of Rail routes:
1. 13,000 km: China-Madrid link, opened in 2014.
2. 12,000 km: UK (London) to China (Yiwu).
3. Trans-Siberian railway.