China expects 210 mln road passenger trips during National Day holiday

BEIJING, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- China expects to see 210 million passenger trips made via the roads during the weeklong National Day holiday that starts on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Passengers board the train at the Shijiazhuang railway station in Shijiazhuang, north China's Hebei Province, Oct. 7, 2021. (File photo: Xinhua)

The estimated figure is 30 percent lower than that of the same period a year ago, the ministry said Wednesday.

Passenger trips via waterways are forecast to increase 16 percent to 7.2 million during the period.

The ministry also announced that highways nationwide would be toll-free for passenger cars with up to seven seats during the holiday.

Average daily highway traffic will be about 38 million to 40 million vehicles, with a peak of about 45 million vehicles expected on the first day of the holiday.

Zhou Rongfeng, an official with the ministry, said that most of the holiday trips will be made within provinces due to impacts of COVID-19.

Zhou also said that highway tolls for trucks will be cut by 10 percent in the fourth quarter, as part of policy support for the country's logistics sector.