[photopress:Beijing_westrailwaystation.jpg,full,alignright]Beijing West Railway Station, the capital’s largest station, is expecting a record turnover in passenger flows in July and August. This has nothing to do with Golden Weeks — and we may have seen the last of those — it is about people traveling in the summer.
An official estimated 7.55 million departures from the station in the two peak summer months with a daily average of 122,000 passengers. That is up 12.8% from the same period last year.
To deal with this the station will arrange one extra inbound and outbound service each on nine routes, bringing the total number of services each day to 121 each inbound and outbound.
This is a holiday station with many of the trains stopping at tourist destinations in China’s
central and western regions. The station had arranged special trains destined for former revolutionary bases such as Yan’an, Jinggangshan, Nanchang and Zunyi.
China’s railway authorities raised the maximum train speed for the sixth time on April 18 and 286 trains now run at up to 250 kilometers per hour every day. As a result, more tourists are taking the train to popular destinations such as Chengdu, Chongqing, Kunming, Guilin and Urumqi.
China’s trains carried a quarter of the world’s total passenger and freight rail transport last year, but the country has just 6% of the world’s operational track.
Source: People’s Daily Online
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