New Measures Ease Travel Peak in Wuhan
    2011-02-03 15:37:25     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang
 

Taxies wait in the front of Wuchang Railway Station to pick up passengers in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province, on Monday, Jan 31, 2011. [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/Zhang Xu]

by Zhang Xu

A series of railway measures, including the opening of high-speed railways and the Yiwan Railway, a variety of new ways to buy tickets, and personalized services for passengers, are helping to ease the Spring Festival travel peak in Wuhan, capital city of central China's Hubei Province.

The Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, is the most important traditional festival for family reunions. This year, it falls on February 3. China began its 40-day Spring Festival travel rush on January 19 and some 2.85 billion passenger trips are expected to be made during the period. According to the Ministry of Railways, an average 2,265 trains are transporting 6.2 million passengers daily, up 12.5 % from last year.

As a transportation hub, Wuhan has always been one of the busiest transport districts during the Spring Festival. Ding Kongxin, deputy director of the Wuhan Railway Bureau, said that during the travel rush in 2011 the Railway Bureau will send passengers more than 13.8 million, up 12.6% year on year.

"Although the peak travel season is pressuring the Wuhan railway transportation network, the improvement of transport capacity could relieve the acute difficulty in buying tickets." Ding said.


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