Spring Festival draws 34.7-M train riders

Passengers queue up to check in at Shenzhen West Railway Station in Shenzhen, Guangdong province on Monday, 21 January 2019. china daily

BEIJING — The Beijing Railway Bureau (BRB) expects to see 34.7 million passengers, a year-on-year increase of 6.8 percent, during the country’s Spring Festival travel rush from Monday to 1 March this year.

The Beijing Railway Station is expected to transport 4.14 million passengers, up one percent from the previous year.

The Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station, on the other hand, are estimated to handle 6.56 million passengers and 4.82 million passengers, respectively, during the travel rush, according to BRB sources.

To handle the rising number of passengers, the railway bureau has increased the number of trains heading for popular destinations, including cities of Jinan, Changchun, Harbin, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing and Chengdu.

Meanwhile, to improve the efficiency of the railway stations and provide convenience to passengers, the bureau also newly added 167 self-service ticket checking machines and opened 307 self-service ID checking entrances.

China’s Spring Festival travel rush started Monday, unleashing the country’s largest seasonal migration of people as families reunite for China’s most important traditional holiday.

The travel rush began 15 days ahead of the Spring Festival or Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on 5 February this year.

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