Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed rail launches 'bus transportation' model

17:14, September 19, 2010      

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Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed rail will officially launch its "bus transportation" model starting on Sept. 20, will increase its open-line density, expand its daily lines to140, and plans to increase lines to 160 during peak periods. Guest capacity will exceed 9 million per day. All adjusted lines will be routed through Changsha station.

According to the report, the adjusted Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed rail will arrange its lines by three kinds of conditions, daily, weekend and peak periods, which include "Golden Weeks," Half-day holidays, vacation, etc. The Golden Weeks are National Day holiday and Spring Festival seven days. There will be 140 lines open on the weekday, 150 lines on weekends.

Adjusted high-speed rail from Guangzhou to Changsha will have departures on the average every 11 minutes, and the shortest interval will be 5 minutes. Train from Gunagzhou to Wuhan departures on the average every 15 minutes. Basically implement the "bus transportation" model. During Asian Games, audience from Hunan, Hubei provinces could carry out a "Day Trip."

Since it opened, the daily ridership has been 33,000 passengers, compared to the daily 42,000 passengers during Chinese Lunar New Year. Since July 1, daily ridership equaled 56,000 passengers after adjustment.

As Wuhan-Guangzhou high-speed rail becomes more and more important, there has been rapid tourism development along the rail. For example, Hengshan of Hunan Province saw an average of 30 percent growth in city tourism revenues.

According to the Guangzhou Railway Group, the adjustment is not only to meet the needs of passengers, also for the transportation service requirement during Mid-Autumn Festival, National Day Holiday and Asian Games, and to meet the strong demand of the local government and local tourism industry.

By Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online


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