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Lujiazui improves transport network

PEDESTRIANS should find it easier to get around central Lujiazui financial zone in future as a new elevated walkway is set to be built.

Work on the walkway along the Century Avenue - the fourth overpass in Lujiazui - will start this year and it is scheduled to open next year, government officials announced yesterday.

The new overpass, linking Shanghai International Finance Center, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center, will be connected to the existing three sky walkways.

These are a circular walkway in front of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, a straight walkway above the Lujiazui metro station and a third, spanning Century Avenue, due to be completed in August.

This is part of a strategy to make Lujiazui more pedestrian and tourist friendly and address complaints about its transport links.

A bus line connecting 75 percent of office buildings in Lujiazui was launched yesterday to provide the 100,000 white collar workers there with easy access to the Lujia-zui Metro station and nearby restaurants.

Some 5,000 transport cards, loaded with between 20 yuan (US$3.1) and 30 yuan, will be given free to white collars to mark the launch.

The bus runs daily from 7am to 9pm with an average interval of seven minutes, and three minutes during the morning and evening rush hours and lunchtime.

"The new bus will release the burden on firms in Lujiazui," said Guo Rong, deputy director of Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone Administration.

Currently, many firms run shuttles to collect employees from the Metro station and ferry them to the Super Brand mall at lunchtime.

White collars working in the Lujiazui skyscrapers have long complained about the long walk to the Metro station and other buildings.

"I have to walk 20 minutes from the Metro station to my workplace," said a female passenger surnamed Chen, who works in the New Shanghai International Tower. "At lunchtime, I wait 30 minutes for the crowded Super Brand Mall shuttle," she added.

The bus fare costs 1 yuan, but is free within two hours of taking the Metro or other buses.

The Lujiazui Financial City Bus and its 11 stops are equipped with LED screens to show the latest stock market information. Free Wi-Fi and Lujiazui maps are also available at the stops.

The operator said more Lujiazui bus lines will be added in the future.

In another initiative, the government plans to add a walkway connecting the second floor of the Super Brand Mall to the riverside boulevard to provide tourists with easy access to the waterfront.

A traffic hub near the riverside area will be relocated to make room for more restaurants, bars and other facilities, officials said.


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