The 2017 Spring Festival travel rush came to an end on Feb 21. During this peak-travel period of forty days from Jan. 13 to Feb. 21, a total of 3,270,000 passengers departures from Xiamen Station, a year-on-year growth of 340,000 (11.6%), and 3,180,000 arriving passengers, a year-on-year growth of 23.5%.
This year, Xiamen Railway Station again made a new passenger flow record with an average figure of 109,100 a day (Jan. 21 to Jan. 25) and the highest number of 113,300 on Jan.25.
The passengers who took normal-speed trains to Xiamen showed an increase for the first time in recent years. The total number of these passengers was 463,200, a year-on-year growth of 23,100 (7.7%), which accounted for 14.2% of all passengers. The specially arranged temporary passenger trains were market responsive and provided 301,700 more seats for those heading to and from popular destination, such as Ganzhou, Nanchang, Shenzhen and Chongqing.
The Xiamen-Linan normal-speed extra train services scheduled before the festival were especially favoured by passengers for their speed and convenient departure times. During twelve days, it transported 23,100 passengers, which eased the traffic pressure to the southwest.
This year’s Spring Festival travel rush followed a similar pattern to last year’s in terms of the direction of passenger flow. Before the festival, immigrant workers, students and families mostly headed for Jiangxi and to Fujian province’s southwest, northeast and central regions, while Nanchang, Fuzhou, Wuyi Mountain, Chongqing and Hankou also had a significant number of travellers.
After the festival, the business flow joined, and this headed for Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Beijing and Zhejiang province. With the end of the travel rush, Xiamen Railway Station gradually returned to normal. Tickets for trains leaving from Xiamen were adequate.
Additionally, the train service between Xiamen to Ganzhou has been boosted with the introduction of an extra pair of trains. Passengers can arrange their travel schedule by referring to the 12306 official website, the railway station’s official Weibo and WeChat accounts and station broadcasts.