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Holiday train tickets in short supply

RAILWAY authorities reminded passengers that train tickets are in short supply as the eight-day National Day holiday approaches.

Tickets to cities like Beijing are extremely popular, but there are some seats left on trains to cities in the Yangtze River Delta region because more trains run on those routes, officials said.

The railway operator also planned to add more bullet trains to cope with the record number of passengers expected to travel during the holiday.

More than 2.18 million people, a 3.6 percent increase from last year, will travel via Shanghai's two stations from September 28 to October 8 while about 11 million people will travel by train in the Yangtze River Delta in the period, officials said. More than 64 million people nationwide will travel by rail, 9.3 percent more than last year, during the period, the China Railway Administration said on Sunday.

Authorities said passenger flow will peak on September 30, October 2, October 7 and October 8.

People in Shanghai have already struggled to buy tickets despite enduring long queues. Some leave ticket counters disappointed after failing to get tickets.

"Obviously tickets are in short supply," said Han Yi, a spokesman for Shanghai Railway Station.

Yesterday, 227 ticket outlets opened across the city to serve the anticipated surge in demand.

The Shanghai Railway Administration, which covers the rail services of Shanghai and the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and part of Anhui, will add 45 train services on different routes each day during the holiday.

The authorities said last Friday that passengers can buy a maximum of five tickets from September 29 to October 1.

Meanwhile, security checks have been beefed up at the city's two railway stations. Each passenger has to pass through checkpoints and some may be asked to open their luggage.

More railway police officers and security guards will join checks.


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