Laos-China Railway’s new EMU train to serve Lao festival travel rush

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VIENTIANE, April 10 (Xinhua: The third Lane Xang EMU train for the Laos-China Railway has arrived in Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to serve the next travel rush during the Lao New Year festival to be celebrated in mid-April.

The third Lane Xang EMU (electric multiple unit) high-speed train, which arrived in Vientiane on Saturday evening, was manufactured in Qingdao, eastern China, according to the Laos-China Railway Company (LCRC), a joint venture which runs the Lao section railway.

The new train will run between Vientiane and Muangxay, a city in northern Laos.

Laos will celebrate Songkran or Lao New Year from April 14-16. It’s a very important traditional holiday in the Southeast Asian country, and the Lao section of the China-Laos Railway will embrace its first travel rush since it started operation last December.

In order to meet different travel demands, the new EMU train has an additional business class carriage and first class carriage, with economy class carriages reduced to five.

Compared with the two Lane Xang EMU trains put into operation earlier, the setting for passenger transportation in the new train may vary and the interior decoration is improved, the LCRC said.

The LCRC told Xinhua on Sunday that since the railway opened to traffic on Dec. 3 last year, the Lao section has seen strong market demand.

As of April 7, the Lao section had made a total of 456 EMU train journeys, carrying 236,800 passengers.

The company said it will continue to strengthen passenger transportation management and service on the railway, including increasing train frequency and improving ticket sales services. – Xinhua

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