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Train ticket regulations slammed for obstructing migrant workers' journeys home

(Xinhua)

10:35, January 06, 2012

HANGZHOU, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- New ticketing measures issued in a bid to ease the ordeal of buying train tickets have been bashed for hampering the homecoming of migrant workers, who constitute the lion's share of passengers in the Spring Festival travel rush beginning on Jan. 19.

China's Ministry of Railways has begun allowing customers to book their tickets online or by phone in the hope of putting an end to complaints of how arduous it is to buy tickets in the run-up to major holidays, when hundreds of millions Chinese are on the move, mostly by train.

The Wenzhou Metropolitan Daily on Monday published an open letter sent in by a migrant worker from the city of Wenzhou and accusing the new ticketing system of robbing migrant workers of their "ticket rights."

With the majority of tickets sold to online buyers, there were few left for purchase from ticket booths, said Huang Qinghong in the letter.

"We migrant workers have no idea how to use the Internet. Queuing for hours is actually less tortuous for us," it said.

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