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All aboard for train mechanics

METRO Line 8 trains will now have mechanics aboard to carry out on-the-spot repairs in case of breakdowns.

After six breakdowns in the past 10 days on the line, the Metro authority is also considering whether to restrict the number of passengers on each train.

Meanwhile, if there is a fault on a train, drivers will be able to override the automatic system and run the engines manually within safety levels.

The latest breakdown occurred yesterday at 9:02am. A train failed to start at the Hongkou Football Stadium Station after there was a door fault, delaying the service for 18 minutes.

Metro management said the recent breakdowns on Line 8 were mainly caused by testing for a new signal system and an increased passenger flow.

With about 300,000 commuters a day, the line is running at its maximum capacity.

The second phase of Line 8 goes into operation early this month. Its signal platforms are being tested to prepare for the coordinated service.

One commuter complained in a blog that a 40-minute trip to his office by Line 8 and Line 4 took him an extra two-and-a-half hours. Other commuters complained about being late for work several times in the past week.

The second phase of Line 8 will extend the service from Pudong New Area to Minhang District.

A new seven-carriage train for Line 8 is expected to go into use in early October. Eighteen seven-carriage trains will arrive in the city by the end of this year.

The new trains can each carry 300 more passengers.

Since Line 8 opened at the end of last year, the 23-kilometer Metro link has become a key route for residents of the Yangpu and Hongkou districts in the northeast and Pudong New Area seeking easy access to downtown.


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