Railways step up to embrace travel peak

SHANGHAI: China’s railway authorities have ratcheted up efforts to bring people back to their home cities as the weeklong National Day holiday came to an end. The China State Railway Group said that 16.7 million trips were expected to be made, the last day of the holiday. On Sunday, 14.6 million trips were made, an increase of 6.1 percent year-on-year.
The two days served as the peak for return travel, and railway companies around the country have added trains, staff members and working hours to accommodate more passengers and provide better service, the group said.
About 1,260 trains were added nationwide on Monday, setting a record for the number of added trains during the seven-day holiday.
During the return peak, hot travel destinations like Shanghai and Chengdu, Sichuan province, added more trains than other cities because they faced greater transportation pressure, data from the group showed.
On Sunday, 2.73 million trips were made in Shanghai, an increase of 8.5 percent year-on-year.
In Chengdu, trips on the same day reached 1.3 million, an increase of 9.8 percent.
To cope with the flow, Shanghai extended bus and subway operation times and added staff members or volunteers in key positions of railway stations such as ticket offices, ticket entrances and platforms.
Meanwhile, Chengdu added 153 trains, of which 47 were night trains.
Other popular destinations like Wuhan in Hubei province, Dalian in Liaoning province, and Lhasa in the Tibet autonomous region, each added about 100 trains to help tourists return. —The Daily Mail-China Daily News Exchange item

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