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Full steam ahead for Line 9 work

WORK on the second phase of Metro Line 9 is being boosted to ensure the extension will open by the year's end as scheduled.

Electrical cabling has been installed and all tracks will be in place by July 20, according to the Shanghai Rail Transport Construction Headquarters.

Twenty-nine new trains have arrived and 23 have been tested. Actual trial runs of the trains on the line itself will begin in September.

When the new section opens, 27 trains will be in service, Metro officials said. The train interval will be shorter than that for the existing first phase.

The first phase of Line 9 runs from Songjiang New Town to Yishan Road in southwest Shanghai, covering the districts of Songjiang, Minhang and Xuhui. From its terminus of Yishan Road Station, the new section will run through the city's downtown area and extend to Yanggao Road M.

Commuters will be able to transfer to other Metro lines on the new section. For example they can transfer at Xujiahui Station to lines 1 and 11, at Lujiabang Road to Line 8 and at Shiji Avenue Station to Lines 2, 4, 6.

World Expo visitors can change to Line 13 at the Madang Road Station to get to Expo Park in Pudong.

Commuters changing between Lines 1,9,11 at Xujiahui Station have to walk between separate stations to change lines while a new integrated station is being built.

Stations on the second section will feature a simple and practical design style, Metro officials said.

Frescos will be installed at the new stations to add a touch of art.


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