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Metro Line 7 opening slowed

CITY'S Metro Line 7 is likely to have its announced November opening delayed because a quarter of its stations are still unfinished.

Seven stations out of the line's 28 are not ready, Metro officials said yesterday.

"We cannot rush to a completion concerning all the uncertainties," said Zhu Jingwei, the line's engineer in chief.

He did not give an exact opening time, but said it would be ahead of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Shanghai Shentong Group, the subway operator, told local media in early September the line would run a pilot operation by the end of November.

Shanghai's subway system is one of the fastest-growing in the world. It is planned to be the biggest by 2012. It currently runs eight lines over 250 kilometers of track, carrying nearly 4 million passengers a day.

Line 7 is among three new Metro lines to be put into use before the Expo starts next May, said the authorities.

So far, the other two lines, Line 11 and the second phase of Line 9, have not had their schedule changed.

Line 7 will run through the city's northern Baoshan District to Pudong New Area, with 28 stations opening before the Expo, said the operator. Five more stations will be added after the event.

The line will connect with seven other subway lines on eight stations. Locals and Expo visitors will be able to take the line to the south-east side of the Expo site.

Line 7 is expected to carry about 1 million passengers a day when it's done, second only to existing Line 1 and 2, according to Zhu.


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