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For some, Metro stations can't open fast enough

WITH the opening time of a new Metro line still undecided, subway builders find it's hard to keep curious passengers from peeking into some finished but still-closed stations - or even the tunnels.

One security man at Jinxiu Road Station of Metro Line 7 said he stopped more than 10 people who broke entrance barriers to enter the stations over the weekend, a time they believed the line would open.

"I cannot wait to see the platform with my own eyes," said a passenger who lives within a five-minute walk of the Jinxiu Road Station.

Some passengers have pulled up the rolling doors of some ground-level stations which have not yet opened.

Most stations along the new line, from northern city's Baoshan District to Pudong New Area, are ready, said Zhu Jingwei, engineer in chief of the line.

The Metro's operator, Shanghai Shentong Group, said it would increase the checks around the stations after a teenager was reported entering a tunnel and was nearly hit by a test train on November 21.


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