Railways expect the decrease in passenger traffic due to coronavirus

Moscow, 31 Jan – “News.Economy.” RZD is expected to reduce container traffic and passenger traffic because of the situation with coronavirus, said Deputy General Director of Russian Railways Oleg Valinsky.

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“You know that China is now restricted exit, so to some extent affected. We have stated that we no restrictions are imposed. Today there is a decline in container trains. In the first place because the same AliExpress, which is mostly coming from China, he fell activity orders, in particular. Quite a lot of cargo goes from there. But I think that this is a temporary difficulty. The passengers too, of course. It is clear that this has an impact on passenger traffic”, – reported to journalists on Friday Valinsky in response to the question whether the situation with coronavirus in passenger traffic and transportation (quoted by RIA “Novosti”).

2019 Russian Railways carried a record 1.2 billion passengers (+3.4 per cent by 2018), including long-distance – of 116.5 million passengers (+5.6 percent), in suburban – 1 billion 80 million passengers (+3.2 percent).

According to the latest data of the state Committee for hygiene and public health of the PRC, the number of cases in China with pneumonia caused by a virus 2019-nCoV has reached 9692, died 213 people.

As reported by “Вести.RU” of 31 January passenger railway communication between Russia and China is temporarily stopped because of coronavirus.

“From 00:00 (local time) on 31 January until 1 March 2020, temporarily restricted railway passenger traffic through checkpoints on certain sections of the state border of Russia with China. Including this, the company suspended the movement of international passenger train No. 402/401 Suifenhe – Grodekovo formation of the Chinese railway (through railway border checkpoint Grodekovo – Suifenhe), and non-stop groups of cars fomirovaniya JSC FPC message, Chita – Manchuria (via the border crossing point Zabaikalsk – Manzhouli)”, – reported in the notice of the Railways.

“International train connections with China remains on the route Moscow – Beijing,” the report States.

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