Chinese railway passenger traffic grows

December 5th, 2011 - 4:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 5 (IANS) China’s railways carried 1.72 billion people in the first 11 months of the year, up 10.9 percent year-on-year, the Ministry of Railways (MOR) said Monday.

The figure accounts for 90.5 percent of the ministry’s target of 1.9 billion passengers for the year and is slightly slower than the 11.2-percent growth posted in the first ten months, reported Xinhua.

December will see the start of a slow season for railway travel, but local railway bureaux will still work to reduce the impact of harsh weather, construction and equipment failures as much as possible, the ministry said in a statement.

The country’s railways delivered 3.59 billion tonnes of goods in the January-November period, an 8-percent year-on-year increase, the statement said.

Since the beginning of the year, China’s trains have transported 2.07 billion tonnes of coal, 123.4 million tonnes of oil, 88.8 million tonnes of grain and 78.1 million tonnes of fertilizer and pesticide, according to the statement.

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