China runs more trains to meet holiday travel rush

Beijing, Jan 2 (IANS) China Railway Corporation (CRC) announced it would dispatch 187 additional trains to accommodate the travel rush during the last day of the three-day New Year holiday on Monday.

The CRC said 9.58 million trips were expected Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

About 7.45 million train trips were made Sunday, the second day of the holiday, surging 11.3 percent year on year, the CRC said.

Traffic in major cities rose significantly during the holiday, said the operator of the world’s largest high-speed rail network.

Some 786,000 passengers left Beijing by train Sunday, a year-on-year rise of 18.9 per cent.

More than 1.61 million left Shanghai, jumping 18.1 per cent, and 1.1 million left Guangzhou, up 15.8 per cent.

During the New Year holiday, hundreds of millions of people go back to their home towns to meet relatives and old friends, putting huge stress on the transport system.