(Text by Reporter Hung Jingjing/ Photograph by Reporter Yu Ruwen) On February 1, 2018, the 2018 Spring Festival Travel Rush officially began, with passengers traveling for a long distance increasing dramatically. On the day, the three major railway stations in Shanghai totally transported 350,000 passengers. To be specific, Shanghai Railway Station transported 97,000 passengers, Shanghai South Railway Station transported 47,000 passengers, and Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station transported 206,000 passengers.
To safeguard passengers’ travel during Spring Festival Travel Rush, the railway interests gradually launched additional trains for this special period. A total of 32 trains were arranged to be added in those railway stations, among which, 11 trains would depart from Shanghai Railway Station mainly to the directions of Sichuan Province and Anhui Province; 10 trains would depart from Shanghai South Railway Station mainly to the directions of Sichuan and Chongqing Region as well as Yunnan and Guizhou Region and the rest 11 trains would depart from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station mainly to the directions of Guizhou Province, Jiangxi Province and Hunan Province. With the increasing of passenger flow during Spring Festival Travel Rush, destinations and number of trains would both be further added.
According to the weather report, Shanghai would continue to suffer from a low temperature recently. With the purpose of providing better service to passengers, Shanghai Railway Station launched the emergency plan to implement 24-hour Opening Mode to the waiting rooms of Shanghai Railway Station and Shanghai South Railway Station and to increase the frequency of inspection of air conditioners and hot water supplies in the two stations. Meanwhile, the three railway stations have transformed some places such as nearby parking lots into temporary waiting areas. Passengers could have a rest there when necessary to protect themselves against cold.
Shanghai Railway Station specially reminded that there would be a large number of additional trains provided by the railway interests and some trains were arranged to run before dawn, so passengers needed to be clear about the station and time for departure in their orders or tickets before leaving. For trains departing before dawn, passengers needed to arrive at the railway station one day in advance in case of missing their trains and delaying their travels. Though passenger flows of the early days of Spring Festival Travel Rush had started, there were still some tickets left for trains to certain destinations. Passengers who had not succeeded in buying their tickets could consider buying tickets of other times rather than of peak time to go back hometown.
It was known that of the 15 days before the Spring Festival, about 10 days would be in a high passenger flow state with nearly 400,000 passengers. On February 12, 13 and 14, there would continuously be a traveling peak with more than 480,000 passengers each day. On February 13, 498,000 passengers were expected to be transported by the station, almost reaching its highest record. For the 25 days after the Spring Festival, the passenger flow will be from passengers returning and the passenger flows of each day would stay between 250,000 to 330,000.
Seen from passenger flow direction, the proportion of passengers traveling for long distance and of those for short distance were nearly 40% and 60% respectively. Among them, 5,001,000 passengers traveled for long distance, accounting for 38.03% of the overall passenger flow and 8,149,000 passengers traveled for short distance to cities in Yangtze River Delta, accounting for 61.97% of the overall passenger flow. Limited by transportation capacity of long distance transportation, tickets for destinations such as Sichuan and Chongqing Region, Yunnan and Guizhou Region, Hunan Province, Hubei Province, Cities in Northwestern China, and Jiangxi Province were still the most popular ones, while tickets to destinations such as cities in Yangtze River Delta, Beijing and Tianjin Region, and coastal cities in Fujian Province with more mature G-series high-speed train system were relatively sufficient. What was worth mentioning was that there was also heavy demand of returning to hometown in north Anhui Province due to centralized export of labor service.