(Yicai Global) June 9 -- With the recent Covid-19 flareup effectively under control, China’s rail authority will run more trains in Shanghai and neighboring areas from tomorrow, aiming gradually to restore capacity to normal levels, The Paper reported today.
Through June 19, the authority will focus on more short-haul services between Shanghai and surrounding cities in the Yangtze River Delta region as well as long-distance trains to central and western China as well as southeastern coastal regions.
Shanghai will resume 37 more train services tomorrow, raising the total number in operation to 106, China Railway Shanghai Group told The Paper.
Ahead of the peak summer travel season, the rail authority will implement the train operation map for the third quarter from June 20 and free up more capacity based on changes in passenger numbers in the Yangtze River Delta region, the report said.
Of Shanghai’s three train stations, only Hongqiao Railway Station did not stop running during the city’s two-month lockdown from the end of March. But the number of trains in operation has fallen sharply, with only 12 pairs of passenger trains a day at minimum. They carried an average of 6,000 passengers a day, accounting for just 2.5 percent of the level last year.
Shanghai resumed train services late last month as the Covid-19 wave eased. Shanghai Railway Station reopened on May 18, and Shanghai South Railway Station on June 1.
Editor: Tom Litting