5.5 million passengers travelled on long-distance trains during New Year holidays
From 24 December 2021 to 9 January 2022, trains of the Russian Railways’ Holding carried 5.5 million passengers, 31% more than during New Year holiday period last year.
The peak departure date was 30 December 2021 while the highest number of passengers returning in the opposite direction was on 8 January.
On New Year’s Eve, the 31 December 2021, more than 218,000 people departed for their holidays, with nearly 59,000 passengers actually seeing in the New Year on the trains. On New Year’s Eve, the Company employed a total of 422 long-distance trains, but on days experiencing high passenger demand assigned about 550 additional runs of long-distance trains. In addition, the Company laid on 169 extra carriages on 113 trains.
Day trains were in great demand, with more than 930,000 passengers travelling, 21% more than during the holiday period of the previous year, as well as double-decker and high-speed trains.
Double-decker trains saw their passenger numbers increase by 3% to around 440,000 travellers, while demand for day trains was up by 25% and totalled more than 530,000 customers. High-speed Sapsan trains transported almost 276,000 passengers during the New Year period, 27% more than last year.
The routes which experienced the highest increases in passenger demand were Moscow – Murmansk, which was up by 58%, followed by Moscow – Volgograd, up 57%, Moscow – Voronezh (+ 38%), Moscow – Saratov (+ 33%), Moscow – Kazan and Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod (both up 30%) and Moscow – St. Petersburg (+ 15%).
Demand on a series of routes exceeded the passenger volumes recorded during 2019/2020 before the pandemic. Passenger numbers between Moscow – Lipetsk, for example, doubled, while the St. Petersburg – Belgorod service was up by 71%, Bryansk – St. Petersburg by 30%, Imeretinsky Resort – Krasnodar by 29% and Moscow – Saransk and Moscow – Vorkuta were both up by 14%.
Tourist routes also enjoyed great passenger demand during the New Year holidays, with around ten tourist trains running during the period almost 100% booked.
The RZD Holding took all the necessary anti-epidemic measures before, during and after the holiday period in order to ensure the safe transportation of passengers on its long-distance trains. All carriages underwent and still undergo mandatory sanitary treatment with the use of disinfectants to kill viruses. The Company has also increased the frequency with which it cleans the carriages using disinfectants both between runs and en route. All modern carriages are also equipped with special air purification equipment and ultraviolet bactericidal lamps etc.
The RZD Holding recommends all passengers to use personal protection equipment such as masks and disinfectant etc. during all their journeys. If necessary, PPE can be acquired from the train staff in each carriage.