China braces for post-holiday travel peak

BEIJING: Railway stations, highways and airports across China are bracing for a fresh travel peak as a growing number of travelers hit the road and return to work after a week-long Spring Festival holiday which will end on Friday.
On Thursday, Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station, two major railway terminals in the Chinese capital, were estimated to receive 156,000 passenger arrivals and 142,000 passenger arrivals, respectively, according to Beijing Major Railway Station Areas Administration.
Beijing West Railway Station is expected to see the travel peak on Saturday with more than 180,000 passenger arrivals.
To ensure smooth traffic flow around the railway stations, Beijing will extend the operating time of subways and put more buses and taxis on roads, among others.
“We call on taxi operators and online car-hailing platforms to send more cars around the railway stations during the recent travel rush, especially at night,” said Mao Jun, deputy director of Beijing Major Railway Station Areas Administration.
In Central China’s Hubei province, State Grid Hubei Electric Power Co Ltd has done a comprehensive “physical check” for 824 charging piles in operation in the province’s expressway service areas. It has also installed 18 mobile charging facilities in busy service zones.
–The Daily Mail-China Daily news exchange item