In the first three quarters of this year, China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. earnestly implemented the decision and deployment of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, overcame the multiple challenges of the epidemic, floods and market changes, thus achieving a year-on-year increase in both passenger and freight traffic. In this period, national railways registered ridership of 2 billion, an increase of 510 million (up 34.3%) year-on-year, and transported 2.75 billion tons of freight, an increase of 120 million tons (up 4.7%) year-on-year.
Passenger flows witnessed quick recovery. The railway sector has actively overcome the challenges brought by the epidemic, earnestly implemented the localized management requirements, accurately implemented the prevention and control measures, and resolutely prevented the epidemic from spreading through the railway. It has strengthened market research, and seized the opportunities on periods with large passenger flows such as holidays and summer vacation. It has made full use of the transport capacity of new lines and new equipment, vigorously explored the application potential of EMU trains, and made every effort in passenger organization according to different situations. In the first three quarters, national railways operated 8393 passenger trains per day. The transport strategy of "making up long-distance passenger transport deficiency with short-and-mid-distance passenger transport within designated operation scopes (“in-administration transport”)" was fully implemented. With the regional allocation of transport capacity increased, the in-administration passenger traffic reached 1.46 billion trips, up 34.1% year on year.
Freight traffic is still at high level. According to the deployment requirements of the Party Leadership Group of CHINA RAILWAY for "making up passenger transport deficiency with freight transport", all CR regional groups have deeply implemented freight increase actions, strengthened the organization for additional coal transport, and stabilized the volume of bulk goods transport, thus ensured the high freight traffic. In the first three quarters, national railways delivered 1.32 billion tons of coal, an increase of 79.14 million tons (up 6.4%) year on year. The intermodal container transport and other services have been strongly promoted, as well as the "road-to-rail freight volume transfer" and "bulk freight to container” actions. In the period, the container traffic reached 410 million tons, up 27% year on year. Both the CRE trains and new international land-sea trade corridor (ILSTC) trains witnessed fast development, with 29% and 75% more trains being operated year on year.
Railway construction witnessed well-planned and smooth progress. In the first three quarters, the national railways completed fixed assets investments of RMB 510.168 billion, with 1,611km of new railway lines put into operation, including 610km of HSRs. Beijing-Harbin HSR and Lianyungang-Urumqi HSR were fully completed; the Lhasa-Nyingchi section of Sichuan-Tibet Railway was put into operation, and the Fuxing EMUs were first operated in Lhasa, Tibet; the Chaoyang-Linghai HSR was put into operation, shortening the travel time between Dalian and Beijing to 4 hours; the construction of Wuhan-Yichang section of the new Shanghai-Chongqing-Chengdu HSR was successfully commenced, and the construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing Midline HSR was started in full swing. These railway projects were closely linked with major national strategies, as a contribution of the railway sector for a good beginning of the national 14th Five-Year Plan.