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Line 5 extension to open this year

THE south extension of Metro Line 5 will begin operation before the end of the year, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said yesterday.

However, passengers on the existing line will face longer waits during morning rush hours from August 20 to October 19. During this period there will be fewer trains because of signal upgrading and adaptation to the line’s 17 four-carriage trains for the new system.

The south extension and the upgrading of the signal system and platforms will allow six-carriage trains to be used.

In the two-month period, train intervals at Jinping Road, Huaning Road, Wenjing Road and Minhang Development Zone stations will be 9 minutes from 7am to 9:30am on working days. The frequency at other stations will be 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

Five stations — Jinping Road, Dongchuan Road, Jianchuan Road, Beiqiao and Zhuanqiao — will limit the number of passengers during morning rush hours. The estimated waiting time at Zhuanqiao and Beiqiao stations will be 12 minutes. The Metro operator suggests that passengers try other public transport or avoid traveling at peak times.

From October 20, six-carriage trains will start trial operation from Xinzhuang to Dongchuan Road.

The interval during rush hours on workdays in this section will be reduced to 4 minutes and 17 seconds.

The limits on passenger flows will be lifted according to actual station operating situations, the Metro operator said.

Passengers going to the Minhang Development Zone will have to get off at Dongchuan Road and transfer to a four-carriage train, but the Metro operator said six-carriage trains will be in operation in the second half of 2019.

After the extension opens, Line 5 trains will split at Dongchuan Road, with the branch route going to Minhang Development Zone and the main route to Fengxian Xincheng. It will be the first Metro line to operate in Fengxian District.

Construction of the south extension is expected to be finished around October 20, but tests and trial runs will be needed before it opens to the public.


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