Wendy Zhang/ Shanghai Daily news
The local transport authority has triggered its emergency-response system to
help minimize the impact of bad weather in north China on travellers over the
Spring Festival peak travel period, eastday.com reported today.
Railway Station recorded six trains delayed this morning, with the No.1657 train
from Luoyang to Shanghai postponed for six hours yesterday and that from Urumqi
to Shanghai late by 11 hours. The delays also affected the trains leaving
Shanghai, stranding thousands of passengers at the station. Shanghai Railway
Station opened ticket-return and switching services yesterday, helping to cut
the number of stranded passengers to 2,000 by this morning. Yesterday afternoon,
the station opened the underground parking lot at the southern square as a
temporary waiting area, attracting nearly 4,000 of those affected. The temporary
waiting area can hold up to 10,000 passengers.
Two local airports reported
normal operations this morning, with no passengers delayed. The Zhengzhou
Airport, hit by large snowfalls yesterday, suspended all flights during the day,
but by 9:15 last night all the delayed flights had resumed operations. Scheduled
flights between Zhengzhou and Shanghai were normal this morning.
snow in north China hasn't had a large impact on Shanghai's long-distance
passenger transport. The day before yesterday, highways in Xi'an were closed due
to snow, so long-haul buses from Xi'an to Shanghai had to take other routes and
have arrived in the city.
With 140 buses added to schedules, a total of
1,100 long-haul buses were scheduled yesterday, carrying 24,500 passengers. The
peak period will be from January 25 to 27, with 40,000-45,000 passengers
expected on January 26.