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Crowd-control moves at Metro stations

CROWD-CONTROL restrictions have been implemented at several Metro stations so as to reduce the number of people on platforms and in trains, Shanghai Metro said yesterday.

During morning rush hour, partition barriers were rolled out in the interchange area of Century Avenue station, where lines 2, 4, 6 and 9 converge.

Feng Guodong, chief of the station, told Shanghai Daily that passengers who interchange from lines 4, 6 and 9 to Line 2 have to walk about 100 meters more than before.

On weekdays before the coronavirus outbreak, the number of passengers going through the station could exceed 600,000, while so far after the Chinese New Year holiday, the peak has been only 140,000.

Previously, the barriers were used only when the number of passengers surged.

“The purpose is to set people apart as much as possible so that they can be distributed evenly in different parts of the station,” Feng said.

Similar measures have been taken at other major interchange stations such as Jiangsu Road and Longyang Road, as well as busy stations in some outer locations such as Sijing, Jiuting and Heshahangcheng, according to Shanghai Metro.

Up to 10 stations are taking similar measures at present.

About 2.8 million passengers took Metro trains on Monday, 1.1 million or 67.8 percent more than the previous Monday, according to the city’s transportation commission.

Metro stations are also taking strict measures to stop sick passengers from boarding trains.

Kong Weizhen, a chief-on-duty of Century Avenue Station, said that once a passenger is measured with a temperature over 37.3 degrees Celsius, an ambulance will take him or her away for medical treatment.


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