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Cops seek opinion on road signs for hub

USING the high-tech tools of a video game, traffic police yesterday started giving previews of eight main routes to the still under-construction Hongqiao Integrated Transport Hub.

Police put online a simulation of the routes and asked the public to voice opinions on traffic signs and guide markings they see in the mock-ups.

They want to know which ones to install on the real-life elevated roads leading to the hub, which is to open on March 16 at the city's west end.

Police said it's important to get the signage right because the road network will likely be confusing to drivers.

"It's a demanding test for traffic organization, as the roadways there will be very complicated," said Chen Zhikang, the head of the Shanghai Traffic Police.

Traffic in the hub is likely to be some of the busiest in the city, with more than 400,000 people traveling via the Hongqiao International Airport, railways, subway and expressways there each day.

The simulation will give drivers a direct visual image of the elevated roads, expected to handle about 60 percent of the traffic coming to the hub.

It's the first time police are using such technology to see how the public reacts to their ideas before the plans actually go into effect.

Chen said drivers can use the simulation after the hub opens to familiarize themselves with the road network. And the police are considering applying the same kind of system to other road projects.

Police said over 4,000 people visited the traffic police's Website,, yesterday to vote for the plan.


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