China's railways transport 1.154 b passengers in 2005
Updated: 2006-02-12 09:24
BEIJING, February 11 (Xinhua) -- China's railways transported 1.154 billion
passengers in 2005, up 3.3 percent year-on-year and hitting a ten-year high,
according to the Ministry of Railways.
According to statistics from the ministry, about 434.52 million passengers
took long-distance trips, up 6.9 percent year-on-year.
Railways transported 2.686 billion tons of freight last year, up 8.2 percent
compared with 2004.
Among the total freight, coal was 1.294 billion tons, up 10.8 percent; oil
153 million tons, up 7.5 percent; grains 118 million tons, up 2.1 percent.
Daqin Railway, the most important coal transporting railway in China, carried
200 million tons of coal in 2005.
An official with the ministry said that efficiency has also been improved. An
average of 122,444 freight cars were loaded per day last year, 8,118 cars more
than 2004, up 7.1 percent.