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More Metro lines taking shape

EXPO restrictions aren't holding back progress on Shanghai's Metro system.

Work is ongoing on Lines 12 and 13 and an extension of Line 11.

The new lines, stretching through key downtown areas, are expected to ease increasing pressure on the Metro system, Metro officials said.

But builders said schedules were tight as construction on 22 out of a total of 76 new stations had been stopped during the World Expo.

Yang Guowei, the chief engineer on Line 13, said building at three stations downtown was not allowed during the Expo but they would do their best to ensure that "the delays do not put the constructions behind schedule."

The city government banned construction in downtown areas for six months during the Expo over safety concerns and the need to improve air quality.

Line 12, a major link of southwest to northeast city, will run through eight districts and have 32 stations.

Line 13 will be a complete line after the Expo.

The line has a section running inside the Expo site at present. The completed line will operate from suburban Jiading District to downtown Nanjing Road W. Station where it connects to Line 2.

The line is expect to ease pressure on Line 2.

The extension of Line 11 will connect Jiangsu Road Station, the current terminal downtown, with the Pudong New Area with 13 stations.


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