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Train and bus services added to ease rush

RETURN train tickets are selling hot as more and more people travel to Shanghai for holiday or Expo. Many stay a few days longer than they planned because it is hard to buy tickets for home.

Local railway authority said yesterday it is adding extra train services to carry stranded passengers.

"The situation is comparable to the annual Chinese New Year big rush," said Wu Zhenrong, an official based at Shanghai Railway Station.

City's major train stations, including the newly opened Hongqiao Transport Hub, see more than 200,000 people depart from Shanghai each day in recent months.

During the Chinese New Year peak season a daily volume of 250,000 passengers depart from Shanghai for family reunion elsewhere in China.

Services to northern cities like Beijing and southern cities like Guangzhou sell fast, Wu said. Some had to buy stand tickets for a long trip.

"More than 10 services have been added. We advise riders to buy the return tickets before they come," Wu added.

Meanwhile, long-distance bus stations in Shanghai also added services to handle the growing volume of travelers.

At the Shanghai Long-distance Bus Terminal, more than 70 services have been added to the existing 1,200 services.

Traffic authorities warned earlier that train and bus operators would face more pressure in the next three months as even more people will come for the Expo.

About 360,000 people arrive in Shanghai every day this month, a 10-percent increase from previous months.


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