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Another morning of delays on Line 1

THE troubled Metro Line 1 hit another snag yesterday.

The interval between trains was raised from three minutes to four during rush hour, causing congestion at platforms and complaints from passengers.

The operator, Shanghai Shentong Group, said the delay was because of the time it took to replace transformer equipment at stations on Christmas Eve. The service was back to normal by noon.

The equipment was found overloaded during checks following the city's worst and longest delay on Line 1 on Tuesday.

The line was shut down for most of that morning after two trains collided in the tunnel about 7am. No one was injured but thousands of passengers were stuck in one of the damaged trains for more than four hours.

Another two delays were reported later that day.

City Mayor Han Zheng later urged an immediate inspection of equipment and power systems along the line to ensure operational safety.

Yesterday, some passengers were prevented from entering some stations and advised to take buses or taxis. "I finally got myself in after five crowded trains passed," said a passenger at the People's Square station.

On Thursday, services were delayed for about 20 minutes because of a power glitch at 5:45pm, stranding passengers out shopping and dining on Christmas Eve.

Metro officials said passenger turnover on Line 1 on Thursday was 1.16 million and there was no noticeable increase yesterday.

"It's been an unlucky week for the line," said a subway official surnamed Feng.


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