Beijing railway enters spring transportation period 10 days prior to schedule

17:43, January 28, 2010      

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The railways of Beijing area have formally entered spring transportation period since January 20, 10 days prior to thenational spring transportation schedule.

Traditionally, the spring transportation starts from January 30. But Beijing's railway authorities decided to enter the spring transportation state 10 days prior to the schedule according to actual passenger flow conditions. January 20th was the first day of spring transportation of this year. According to sources, the amount of to-and-fro passengers in Beijing Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station reached over 190 thousand passengers, the amount in Beijing West Railway Station was 235 thousand passengers, showing a striking growth in comparison with before.

According to passenger flow conditions, Beijing's railway authorities satisfy the demand of passenger otraffics through some methods like adding ticket windows, prolonging ticket selling time and arranging temporary trains. During 2010 spring transportation period, Beijing Railway Station arranged 43 double-track through temporary passenger trains and 3 double-track temporary "A" passenger trains, which set the record of temporary passenger train arrangement in the history of Beijing Railway Station.

In order to satisfy the demands of the passengers on buying tickets, Beijing West Railway Station set up 2 temporary ticket selling zones, increasing 135 temporary ticket windows that can allow for nearly 5,000 passengers to queue for ticket. Once the peak of ticket sales of spring transportation comes, 370 ticket windows in Beijing Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station will open simultaneously. According to change of passenger flow, all railway stations will adjust layout of ticket windows and prolong ticket selling hours so that the passengers can buy tickets more conveniently.

The reporter saw the same scenes in Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station in the morning of the 20th day: the passengers with their luggage, big or small, were full of safety inspection entries and waiting halls; long queues wait before all ticket windows. Overall, passengers were orderly buying tickets, entering into and exiting from the platforms, and waiting for the trains.

By People's Daily Online
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