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Metro repairs to take weeks

THE city's Metro Line 9 saw crowded but smooth operations during yesterday's morning rush hour after the subway had to change its operational procedures due to continuing repairs on a damaged section of the line.

The local subway operator had to extend the times between trains and reduce the speed of trains, mainly in the Songjiang District, due to safety concerns after an accident on Sunday.

An autoclave machine in a factory exploded early Sunday morning, injuring five workers. The top piece of the broken machine crashed into a concrete support on an elevated section of the line. This led to the closure of six stations along the line in the affected area.

Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said yesterday that "the new operational procedures would remain in place for a while as the repair work continues."

Trains along the route were running slightly faster than those on Sunday after overnight emergency repairs restored damaged power systems, but were still not running at their full capability.

District traffic authorities have also organized around 70 free shuttle buses to carry Metro passengers from suburban stops to Line 9's downtown stations. The measure was introduced to ease congestion on platforms and around stations along the line - all the buses departing from stations were fully occupied.

However, passengers who boarded the buses complained that the roads were extremely congested in the morning and it was taking more time to reach work.

"It seemed like the bus was moving like a snail and was held up by many traffic lights," said a passenger who had left home 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Passengers said it took almost an hour for shuttle buses from Jiuting Station to reach Caohejing Hi-Tech Park Station - usually a journey of only 20 minutes by Metro.

In the morning some downtown stations saw large passenger numbers, which were well above the numbers at the same time the previous Monday. At Caohejing stop, the station saw about 2,730 passengers from 7am to 9am compared to 1,959 at the same time last Monday, said the operator.

Meanwhile, the repair work is expected to last for another two to three weeks. Eight temporary steel supports have been set up around the °?damaged column to support the elevated track above and it has been declared safe for trains to pass by - albeit more slowly than usual.


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