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Metro station closed for F1's final day

FORMULA One fans are being advised to walk or take the bus to the final day of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. The Metro Line 11 station near the Shanghai Circuit is to be closed on race day.

The Line 11 extension opened on March 29 but is still under pilot operation, with a long interval time of 21 minutes between trains.

"We can't afford any mistakes caused by congestion if visitors cannot leave quickly," said Gao Zurong, an official with the city's F1 organizing committee.

More than 150,000 spectators are expected during the three-day event with about 80,000 arriving for the final day.

Local F1 fans expressed their dismay on online forums. "Since we can not take the station, so why bother opening it?" complained a fan at

In response, Gao said the station could be open during the racing season next year as the subway will have finished its pilot operation and increased its passenger capacity.

The Shanghai Circuit station will be off-limits from 8:30am on April 18 to ensure safety but will be in service for the first two days of the event.

The Metro stop is about 300 meters from the main stands.

The nearest alternative subway station is Line 11's Baiyin Road station - some 2 to 3 kilometers away. Gao said spectators could walk from there in about 15 to 20 minutes.


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