Passenger numbers in China up 18.5% year-on-year

The figures were released by the National Railway Administration in late April.

China National Railway (CR) carried 2.53 billion passengers in 2021.

MORE than 2.16 billion passengers traveled by train in China in 2021, up 18.5% from 2020, including 2.53 billion carried by China National Railway (CR), according to figures released in late April by the National Railway Administration.

Total freight increased by 4.9% to 4.77 billion tonnes.

Fixed assets amounted to $748.9 billion at the end of 2021. 4,208 km of new lines were opened in 2021, including 2,168 km of dedicated high-speed passenger (PDL) lines, bringing the total network to more than 150 000 km including more than 40,000 km of PDL. 73.3% of the network is electrified.

The number of fatalities on the network fell by 23%, with only one major accident, 12 less than in 2020.

There were 21,700 locomotives in service, of which 7,800 were diesel, the rest being electric. There were 78,000 passenger vehicles, including 4,153 EMUs consisting of 33,221 cars and 966,000 freight wagons.

First quarter results

Domestic freight traffic volumes increased by 2.8% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 2020 to reach 948 million tonnes. This included 350 million tonnes of thermal coal, up 6.5%, while average daily container loading rose 13.5% to 38,290.

China’s capital investment in rail stood at 106.5 billion yuan ($16 billion) in the first quarter, up 3 percent from the same period last year. During the period, 447 km of new lines were put into service, including 233 km of high-speed lines, according to China Daily.

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