Long-Distance passenger numbers up 2.4% during New Year holidays
During the Russian New Year and Christmas holidays from 29 December 2018 to 8 January 2019, long-distance trains operated by the Russian Railways Holding Group carried 4.2 million passengers, 2.4% more than the volume of holiday traffic in the same period in 2017/2018.
The highest passenger volume was recorded on 29 and 30 December, and the maximum passenger turnover in the opposite direction occurred from 6 to 8 January 2019.
The largest increase in the number of passengers on long-distance trains operated by the Federal Passenger Company, a subsidiary of OJSC Russian Railways, was at the Central Transport Hub, which was used by 938,000 passengers, an increase of 3.5% on 2017-8, and the St. Petersburg Transport Hub, with 327,000 passengers, which was up by 17.2%.
The most popular passenger destinations during the New Year and Christmas holidays were services from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Kazan, Petrozavodsk, Murmansk, Izhevsk, Adler, Samara, Penza, Ufa and other cities.
The most popular destinations for passengers departing from Russia’s northern capital of St. Petersburg were trains to Moscow, Kazan, Voronezh, Bryansk, Saratov, Volgograd, Arkhangelsk, Kursk, Velikie Luki, Pskov and others.
During the New Year and Christmas holidays, the Federal Passenger Company carried out 6,381 passenger train runs, 5.4% more than the figure for the holiday period in 2017-2018, including 1,343 runs which were laid on in addition to the current timetable.
Double-decker and high-speed trains were in high demand among passengers. Day trains were popular, with 648,500 passengers travelling, 12.4% more than during the last holiday period in 2017-8 and more than 176,000 taking trains with double-decker carriages, 9.1% more than during the New Year holidays of the previous season.
Over 353,000 passengers took high-speed trains during the New Year holidays, an increase of 5.1%.