Railway station gears up for Spring Festival travel rush

By Wu Jin
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A young man is ready for security check outside the entrance of the Beijing West Railway Station. [Photo by Guo Jie/China.org.cn]

The Beijing West Railway Station, one of the three major railway stations in the capital city, is forecast to face an annual travel peak during the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 5 this year. 

According to relevant officials, the Beijing West Railway Station is expected to receive 6.05 million visitors from Jan. 21 to March 1 this year. An additional 164,000 visitors are expected to board a train this year, which is a growth of 2.8 percent year-on-year. At the travel peak, from Feb. 1 to 3, the station is estimated to receive 220,000 visitors per day. 

The station authorities have streamlined security checks to accommodate with the world's largest annual human migration. These processes include enabling mobile payments at parking lots and placing automatic ticket machines in various areas to divide travel flows. 

Backup services include the extra night shift buses, shuttle buses, Metro Line 7, WiFi, and tailored taxi services.  

In addition, a division of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport in Xicheng district has been working with more than 30 taxi companies to send about 1,000 to 1,500 cars to the station at midnight, one of the busiest times of the festive season.

"We hope we can ensure a safe, orderly, and comfortable transportation service during the Spring Festival for the peculiar 40 days," said Huang Daqing, a spokesperson for the West Railway Station.

A huge amount of young people, who have relocated to bigger cities for better job opportunities, are expected to return home for the age-old tradition of a family reunion during the Spring Festival.

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