A new study has shown that overcrowding at railway stations has become so common that they are actually being used as a form of punishment to prevent the population from traveling in the public transport system.
The findings come after authorities in Guangdong province last week announced plans to move all public transportation to a network of seven stations across the city.
The plan has provoked anger from citizens who feel that the system is being used to control the population by forcing people to pay to use public transport.
“I feel sorry for the people who have to travel to work and school to go to the station and buy goods at the station, which is a daily routine,” said a 37-year-old man surnamed Liu who said he travels to work every day.
“When I buy groceries, I feel sorry about my health.
I am so tired, I don’t want to work.”
But a study conducted by Guangzhou University of Economics and Management (GUIME) found that while public transport users were more likely to report feeling stressed when they were travelling to work, they were also more likely than the rest of the population to be depressed.
A study also found that train commuters were more than twice as likely to feel anxious and depressed when travelling to and from work as commuters in the general public.
Guangzhou has a population of more than one billion people, but the city is home to just 13 million people.
The findings, which were published in the journal PLOS ONE, were based on interviews with more than 200 railway station staff.
The results of the survey were also collected from more than 2,000 train operators.
The results showed that nearly a third of train operators who responded said they were unable to carry out work because of overcrowding.
Guangdong Railway Station was the second busiest railway station in China with a population density of 3,000 to 4,000 people per square kilometer.
It is a joint venture between China Railway and China Southern Railway.
The report also found the trains were overcrowded and were used to send commuters to and fro, particularly on busy day and night.
“This has led to many train commuters not being able to get to work because they cannot get home safely,” said the report’s author, Zhao Xiaochun, an associate professor at GUIME.
“They end up commuting to work in the train stations to avoid congestion.”
Liu, who said the train system was his only source of income, said he felt guilty about his condition.
“The train drivers are being punished for their condition,” he said.
“But they are also being punished because I don`t want to buy a train ticket.
I think they should be punished because they are the ones who are responsible for the train.”
He added: “I have no other choice.
I have to pay for the tickets.
I don t know what to do with myself.”
The train station is also known as the Grand Central, and the station was built in 1912.
Its opening date was in January 1914.
The survey found that about 40% of the station staff said they would consider taking legal action to complain about the overcrowding, and 30% said they felt unsafe when working in the station.
An estimated 90% of train passengers had not yet taken a train to work.
The train stations are the only railway stations in China that are not publicly owned.