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More and more people are travelling by train every day.

Rail operator increases passenger services

The Laos-China Railway Company is running more EMU passenger trains in both directions, so there are now 12 journeys each day to handle the increasing number of passengers, starting on January 22.
To accommodate the growth in travel and ensure the railway can cater to the spike in passengers during Asean meetings and events and the needs of travellers during Visit Laos Year 2024, the Laos-China Railway Company has increased the number of C92/1 passenger train services each day.
The number of people travelling between destinations within Laos and between Laos and China on the railway up to December 2023 increased by nearly 91 percent compared to the figure for 2022.
Last year, more than 100,000 passengers from 72 countries used the railway to cross the Laos-China border, according to the Kunming branch of the China Railway Company Group.
In April last year, the rail operator began running cross-border trains between Kunming, the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, to Vientiane.
In July, the company improved the train schedule and increased the efficiency of immigration checks. Since it came into operation, the railway has become the main form of transport, not only for passengers but also for freight.
Last year, millions of tonnes of goods were transported by rail, with most being shipped from Laos to China. Thailand also shipped large quantities of fruit to China through Laos and imported a large volume of goods from China by rail.
Some of the products imported from China were further shipped to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar.


By Times Reporters
 (Latest Update January 23, 2024)

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