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Metro interrupts services with emergency testing

ATTENTION, Metro riders. A 30-minute drill will take place on Metro Line 9 tomorrow to test emergency procedures as the subway operator prepares for the Expo and rising passenger numbers.

In the exercise, Line 9's Madang Road station will experience a "passenger surge and congestion" after a train on Line 13 "breaks down" and it will be closed from 10am to 10:30am. Passengers who intend to go to or get out at the station are advised to make alternative arrangements.

Madang Road station was chosen as it will be an important hub for visitors during the Expo. Line 13, which will take Expo visitors inside the Expo site, connects to Line 9 at Madang Road.

The subway operator will also carry out a drill on Line 8 on Friday.

A train will "break down" between Lujiabang Road and Xizhang Road S. at 11:30am. The "glitch" is expected to last about 20 minutes, the operator said.

The operator will advise passengers inside the train to remain calm and await the arrival of rescue trains.

Other stations along the line will limit passenger numbers at the time to avoid congestion.

Meanwhile, a drill was held in the early hours this morning when a train "ran off the track" on Line 2. No passengers were affected as the Metro system is closed to the public at that time.

The city's Metro system, which will have 12 lines in operation by the time the Expo opens on May 1, is expecting to handle more than 6 million passengers a day, up from the current 5.4 million.
City delivery companies will be asked to sign agreements with Metro authorities ensuring that goods go through X-ray checks before being allowed onto trains.

Metro Police said the measure was necessary to prevent people handing goods to colleagues inside the stations and bypassing the security machines. Offenders will be fined or detained, police said.

The city beefed up security checks at all Metro stations from April 15 with each bag, whether a large piece of luggage or a handbag, subject to an X-ray scan.

Police said armed police will be seen at subway station entrances from tomorrow. Police officers, volunteers and 50 sniffer dogs will also strengthen patrols at stations and inside trains.


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