China’s railways set new passenger traffic record

China’s railways set new passenger traffic record
# 09 October 2011 01:16 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. China’s railways carried a record total of 67.3 million passengers from September 28 to October 7, the Ministry of Railways said on Saturday, APA reports citing Ria Novosti.

According to Xinhua, many Chinese went on a travelling spree for the weeklong National Day holiday.

The figure was up 5.8 percent over the same period last year, with a daily record of 8.9 million passengers boarding trains on October 1, or National Day.

A total of 2,453 additional trains operated during the holiday to meet travel demands, the ministry said.

Difficulties in purchasing tickets have been a major source of complaints against the ministry in recent years, as demand for train tickets is always high during the holiday season.

The ministry has promised to expand ticket booking by phone and online and cut fees for ticket refunds to improve service quality, Xinhua said.






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