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New warning system for Metro overload

METRO passengers at downtown stations will be alerted on outside warning screens if carriages are overloaded and service breakdowns likely, the Oriental Morning Post reported today.

Warnings will also be broadcast on television and radio, so passengers will know of potential trouble and can switch to other lines or transport, thus reducing overload and averting trouble, it said.

The warning system will be in place by the end of the year.

Several Metro failures have occurred this summer.

Earlier this month, Metro Line 2 broke down for 50 minutes in the middle of rush hour, stranding hundreds of thousands of commuters. It was the line's longest breakdown.

The new system will weigh carriages on the tracks to determine capacity and overload. If cars are overweight, messages will be flashed on outdoor screens and broadcast.

Information on traffic conditions around the Metro station will also be flashed to possible passengers.

The Metro authority will also try to avoid immediate evacuations when a single carriage door fails. Instead, staff will be dispatched to secure the failed door and keep passengers inside until the train gets to the terminal.


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