Commission Prepares City for Increase in the Number of Travelers During Upcoming Spring Festival Holidays
The city transport terminals namely the railway station, long distance buses and airports are bracing themselves for the expected 12 million travelers during the 40 day holiday season that will start on January 16. The said number is about 5 percent increase compared to the last holiday travel in 2013.
Long distance buses will be transporting around 4.5 million passengers a decrease of 7.5 percent compared from last year, while railways will be carrying around 5 million passengers which is an increase of 16 percent. The number s only show that there was a shift in travel choices after the opening of the new high speed Shenzhen Xiamen railway was opened last month. Meanwhile local railway stations will be handling 2.8 million passengers leaving from January 16 to 20 an increase of 20 percent compared to last year’s Spring festival. Also around 5 million people is expected to travel outside of Shenzhen during the 15 day pre holiday period.
The Shenzhen International Airport is also expecting to see 1.9 million passengers for the whole 40 day travel season. Transport commission expects travel peaks to happen on January 23 to 30 and from February 4 to 7. Railways tickets for the pre festival travel period from the Shenzhen Railway Station are nearly sold out and plane tickets to Changsha, Wuhan, Nanchang, Guilin and Chong-qing are also selling fast for trips from January 21 to 30.
To keep up with the travel demands the transport commission added around 8,000 long distance buses and around 200 more on standby to transport all travelers for this season. The railway will also be operating 32 pairs for trains and 14 trains on standby to handle the 1.4 million passengers traveling. The Shenzhen Metro will continue its services until midnight on January 27, 28 and 31 and on February 5 and 6. Bus services will also extend their services as well in all 32 routes that links to the Shenzhen railway stations.