Railway gears up for holiday surge

The China-Laos Railway is taking measures to ensure the smooth flow of travellers, as the upcoming New Year holiday will likely see massive passenger traffic this year.

The Lao New Year is the most important festival in the Lao calendar. This year’s holiday runs from April 13 to April 18.

In a bid to cope with the passenger surge, the Laos-China Railway Co Ltd (LCRC) will provide extra train services from April 12 to April 19 between capital Vientiane and the Luang Prabang province.

It is anticipated that travels on this route will reach peak levels as the northern province is most popular during the holidays.

“The passenger train operation chart will be adjusted in a timely manner according to the changes in passenger flow.

“Additional trains will be organised during peak transport periods,” deputy chief engineer of the LCRC Vongthong Souphanthong told reporters.

In addition, passengers wanting to travel on the railway during this period can buy tickets up to seven days in advance of their planned travel date.

The China-Laos Railway connects Kunming in southwest China’s Yunnan province with Vientiane. The 1,035km railway has turned the land-locked country into a land-linked hub in the Indochina peninsula.

Travel on the railway is popular as it is convenient, quick and relatively cheap. — Xinhua

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