Hunan January freight declines overall, but road volume soars 18.2pc

2012 03 01

CENTRAL China's Hunan province saw common decrease in railway, waterway and air cargo traffic in January, except in road cargo, Xinhua reports.

In this month, most of the cargo train services suspended in order to give way to heavy load of passenger traffic around the Chinese New Year holiday. Railway cargo volume plunged 26.5 per cent to 8.3 million tonnes, with turnover dropping 12.3 per cent to 7.4 billion tonnes per kilometre. Passenger volume climbed 18.8 per cent to 6.3 million persons. Turnover increased 22.2 per cent to 10.7 million persons per kilometre.

As cargo transferred from railway to road, road cargo volume managed to have a rapid increase of 18.2 per cent to 109 million tonnes, taking 85.5 per cent of the province's total. Cargo turnover grew 27.4 per cent to 14.3 billion tonnes per kilometre. Road passenger volume kept a fast growth of 18.6 per cent to 157 million persons. Turnover volume climbed 22.2 per cent to 6.96 billion persons per kilometre.

Waterway cargo volume rose 2.5 per cent to 14.2 million tonnes. Passenger volume soared 60 per cent to 1.1 million people.

Air cargo volume dived 34.5 per cent to only 3,600 tonnes. Turnover fell 28.6 per cent to five million tonnes per kilometre. Air passengers grew 26.8 per cent to 533,500 people.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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