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Plans made to ease A9 traffic

THE Shanghai Urban Construction and Transport Commission has announced four measures to ease traffic on the A9 Expressway, which connects the city's Qingpu District with Pinghu in Zhejiang Province.

The Xujing toll station will be expanded from 18 toll lanes to 24, which should increase capacity by 35 percent, officials said.

Toll collectors will also be trained to work more quickly, collecting the toll in no longer than 8 seconds.

An electronic toll lane will also be set up at the Xujing toll station so vehicles equipped with ETC equipment can pay the toll without stopping.

Another road will be built to connect Zhongchun Road with the Outer Ring Road so drivers can bypass the A9.

Since part of the A8 Shanghai-Hangzhou Expressway has been closed for expansion work from May, more vehicles are using the A9 Expressway and queues have increased at the Xujing toll station.

Some of the suggestions came from Yin Xiaohu, a law expert with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, who is also a member of the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

"I received a number of complaints from senior professors of the East China University of Political Science and Law," said Yin.

"It always takes more than one hour for a car to pass the toll station in peak hours."

Some senior professors even didn't dare drink water on the way home from the university in case they needed to go to the toilet, Yin said.


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