train stations

train stations
Train stations occupy a key position in China’s transport network architecture. They play a major role as inland gateways for the transfer of freight and passengers. Information technology and intermodality are transforming China’s train stations. Train stations have introduced computer enquiry systems, large-screen route information, ticket booking and purchasing services, luggage checking services and electronics monitoring devices. Networking systems have improved service quality, facilities and operating management. The participation of China in the global market economy is transforming freight railway stations into major goods flow centres. Changes are manifest in the development of intermodal rail stations for the handling and distribution of domestic and international containers.
The growth in mobility among the Chinese population appears to be associated with the modernization of train stations. Passenger railway stations are playing a greater role in connecting intra-urban mass transit systems with the emerging inter-urban high-density rail passenger corridors. They are increasingly being integrated with public buses, passenger ferries and airports. Passenger railway stations have always been a major landmark in the Chinese urban landscape. They are public places and have performed an important economic function. Train stations have been favourable for attracting itinerant pedlars, fixed-pitch stall and small retail outlets selling market produce, cooked food, sundry goods and services. They have led to the expansion of hotels, restaurants and tourist information centres in their vicinity. The expansion, modernization and relocation of train stations remain major features of the morphological changes of Chinese cities.

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