Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway passenger volume reached 90% on first day

14:30, December 28, 2009      

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An interior view of the Wuhan Railway Station

According to statistics, the passenger load for the first day of operation for the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway was 23,000, reaching nearly 90 percent.

Ticket data released by Guangzhou Railway Group showed that by 6:00 pm on December 27, 36,000 tickets for the trains leaving Guangzhou North Railway Station on December 31, 2009 and January 1, 2010 had been sold, accounting for 50 percent of the total.

An official from Guangzhou Railway Group stated that the advance-booking period for tickets is 20 days. Although there are still 4 days before New Year's Day, nearly 50 percent of tickets have been sold. He estimated that more tickets will be sold closer to and during the New Year’s Day holiday and passenger flow will peak during the holiday.

During the holiday, all of the 8 ticket windows in Guangzhou North Railway Station will open to passengers to satisfy the demand for train tickets. At the same time, Changsha South Railway Station will put 42 automatic ticket machines into use and open 33 ticket windows during the holiday.

At present, automatic ticket checkers and clerks responsible for ticket-checking co-exist in railway stations along the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway, enabling passengers to board trains in 10 to 15 minutes.

Reporters learned that the entrances and exits to the railway stations along the high-speed railway are similar to those of railway stations along an inter-city railway, enabling passengers to move quickly. Therefore, passengers had better arrive at railway stations 30 minutes before the departure time, and ticket-checking will stop 5 minutes before the departure time.

The railway authority stated that all the EMU trains running on the Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed railway only stop at stations for 1 to 2 minutes and passengers should not get off to sightsee or smoke.

By People's Daily Online
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