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Ticket prices 'too expensive'

MORE than 80 percent of Shanghai residents who took part in a survey think ticket prices on the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway are too expensive.

Among 2,500 residents responding to a local government poll yesterday, 84 percent said the tickets are expensive and there should be discounts for regular travelers. Only 10 percent said they were happy with the price.

A standard ticket on the Shanghai-Hangzhou high-speed railway costs 82 yuan (US$12.3) - an increase of 51 percent on the price of a standard ticket on the route's older generation of fast trains. A first-class ticket now costs 131 yuan. Even though the increase is lower than the 56 percent price hike when high-speed trains went into service between Shanghai and Nanjing in July, it has still led to complaints about soaring fares.

Only 13 percent of people surveyed travel to Hangzhou frequently.

While 72 percent of the people taking part in the survey would like to visit Hangzhou, 56 percent of those said they would still choose the ordinary train, with 22 percent opting for the high-speed railway. The remainder would drive or take the bus.


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