After nearly 5 hours of construction, at 5:05 on August 26, the last set of turnouts was laid on Fuzhou-Pingtan Railway for connection to Fuzhou South Station, marking that Fuzhou-Pingtan Railway has been fully integrated into China’s HSR network
Fuzhou-Pingtan Railway starts from Fuzhou Station. With a total length of 88.43 km, this railway covers six stations, among which Fuzhou and Fuzhou South are existing stations, while Changle, Changle East, Changle South, and Pingtan stations are newly constructed.
At 9: 30 on August 26, the last set of 500m long rail was laid on Huangjiagou Bridge in Ningxian County, Qingyang City, Gansu Province, which marks the connection between Gansu-Ningxia section and Shaanxi section of Yinchuan-Xi’an HSR. So far, the track-laying works of Yinchuan-Xi’an HSR has been successfully completed.
With construction commenced at the end of 2015, Yinchuan-Xi’an HSR starts from Xi’an in Shaanxi Province in the south, passes through Xianyang in Shaanxi Province, Qingyang in Gansu Province and Wuzhong in Ningxia in the northwest, and then connects to Yinchuan in Ningxia. The HSR has a total length of 618 km, including 425 km Gansu-Ningxia section and 193 km Shaanxi section. It has a design speed of 250 km/h, and the speed-up conditions are designed for upgrading into a ballasted HSR with a speed of 350km/h in the future.
Upon opening to traffic, Yinchuan-Xi’an HSR will reduce the train travel time between Xi’an and Yinchuan from the current 14 hours to about 3 hours.
The 62-day summer passenger rush in 2020 has come to an end, yet the ridership of students remains high. At present, 31 provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps have made clear arrangements to start the autumn semester. The railway sector has done a good job in selling student tickets, given full play to the advantages of e-pass, and thus guaranteed passengers’ safe and convenient travel.
During the summer passenger rush, the national railways registered a total of 6.091 million student trips. The peak of student traffic flow will last until the first ten days of September as colleges and universities have arranged their students to return to school in batches to avoid peak traffic. With main destinations covering Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xi’an, Changsha, etc., the traffic flow of students returning to school coincides with that of the returning tourists and family visitors, resulting in a large-scale and long-lasting traffic peak as a whole.
By August 31, the 62-day railway summer passenger rush has come to a successful end. From July 1 to August 31, the national railways registered a total of 456 million trips, of which 249 million trips took place in August, an increase of 42.502 million trips compared with July, showing the continuing recovery of passenger traffic. On August 29, national railways handled a total of 9.676 million trips on a single day, hitting a new record high since the Spring Festival in 2020.
This year’s summer passenger rush begins when China has made great strategic achievements in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and is accelerating the recovery of its economic and social order. In this summer passenger rush, therefore, the railway sector faced multiple challenges, such as regular epidemic prevention and control on trains and at stations, helping economic and social development, and supporting flood control and disaster relief at high temperature to ensure safe and smooth railway transportation. Earnestly following the decisions and arrangements made by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on “ensuring stability in employment, financial operations, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment and expectations” and “ensuring security in job, basic living needs, operations of market entities, food and energy security, stable industrial and supply chains, and the normal functioning of primary-level governments”, the railway sector has made coordinated efforts on the epidemic prevention and control and the passenger transport services during the summer passenger rush, ensuring the safe and smooth travel of the public.