Beijing-Shanghai High speed train, a most popular choice for travellers

BEIJING: To meet the growing demand of the people, the Ministry of Railways is working to increase Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway’s passenger carrying capacity as it is the most popular choice for travellers,according to Sunday’s The Beijing News.The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway has carried an average of 165,000 passengers each day from July 1 to 13, with highest daily transportation volume of 197,000 people, according to Wang Yongping, spokesman with the railways ministry.

Meanwhile, China’s railway authorities are to rearrange summer transportation on Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway, saying efforts will be made to ensure trains arrive and leave on schedule.Wang apologized on Thursday for delays on the newly-built railway over the last five days during an online chat hosted by people.com.cn, the online arm of China’s People’s Daily.

The 1,318-km Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway went into operation on June 30. The train trip between the two cities takes less than five hours.The country’s railways have carried a total of 83.848 million passengers since July 1, the beginning of this year’s summer transportation. The figure represents a 14.7 percent increase from a year earlier, The Beijing News reported on Sunday.