The total number of trains operating per day has risen by 130.5 per direction to 4970.5 per direction across the national network. CR says it has also optimised the capacity of its freight services to meet demand.
CR says the opening of the high-speed line linking Beijing with Zhangjiakou, Hohhot, and Datong on December 30 2019 has been successful with strong demand. CR is now operating 44 round trips per day, with seven additional services per direction at weekends and 19 extra trains during peak periods.
CR is taking advantage of the completion of the triangular high-speed network linking Chengdu, Chongqing and Guiyang to introduce a new East Sichuan - Chongqing - Guizhou service. The train will run three times per day and will take around eight hours to complete the full circuit.
In addition, CR has increased the number of one-stop and non-stop high-speed trains operating between Chengdu and Chongqing. The number of one-stop between the two cities has been stepped up one round trip per day to three.
To address changes in demand for freight, two new China - Europe freight trains have been introduced together with a multi-modal express freight train and a fast freight train.