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Metro records busiest day

SHANGHAI'S Metro system had its busiest day of the year on Friday, with more than 7.21 million journeys made on its 11 lines.

This exceeded the previous 2012 record of 7.15 million journeys set on April 13, said operator Shanghai Shentong Metro Group yesterday.

However, the operator predicted that the new record will not last long and that the subway will soon record 7.5 million journeys in a day.

That figure would be up with the Metro's all-time record, set during the 2010 World Expo in the city.

Passenger numbers have grown steadily since last month, with commuter growth in suburban areas, said the operator.

On average, more than 6.5 million Metro journeys are made each weekday, while at weekends the figure is around 5 million.

The operator said that Friday's high figure may be partly explained by people heading out again after work to socialize or shop.

It said it will add new trains to meet growing demand but that policies restricting passenger numbers at some busy stations during rush hour will continue.

Passenger numbers are limited upon at stations at Line 1 and Line 8 due to safety worries about crowded platforms and concerns that large crowds would prevent trains from keeping to their schedules.

The city's 11 lines have 425 kilometers of track. Four new lines and extension sections are being built.


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