Use some of the new special equipment for massive speed increase.
thats easier said than done. and its still slow.
Its true about the massive build /research build times, but these are a direct consequence of how the game was set up and then added to.
A lot of players bought shortcuts so they had done most of the things to do.
These players needed to be fed and retained,it would have been a pointless exercise to make the new additions quickly accomplished.
All the changes to the game have made it unbalanced and a daunting prospect for new players.