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Rail travelers urged to go north

TRAFFIC officials are advising drivers heading to the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to take the north roads, fearing that major roads in the south will be jammed next week when the Shanghai-Nanjing high-speed trains start operation.

Shen Xiaosu, deputy director of the local transport commission, said yesterday that most vehicles were using the south roads to get to the Hongqiao Transport Hub since it was partly put into use in March.

Bullet trains will operate from the railway station, a key part of hub in the west side of the city, from July 1.

Shen said more than 60 percent of vehicles were using the south elevated roads, 20 percent the north roads and the remaining 20 percent roads in the southwest and northwest.

The current volume on the north roads was only a quarter of designed capacity, traffic authorities said.

At present about 82,323 passengers come in or leave the hub via cars, subway, taxis and buses every 12 hours.

The authorities are also encouraging travelers to take public transport to the hub.

Metro Line 2, the only subway linking the hub at present, carries about 20,000 passengers a day to and from the hub.

It's a small proportion as the daily passenger volume of the whole line is nearly a million.

Metro Line 10 is due to extend to the hub later this year.

Line 2's Hongqiao Railway station inside the hub will link to the rail station on July 1.

Passengers can take the subway and board the train after a 10 minute walk.

The Hongqiao railway station waiting hall can hold 10,000 passengers at a time.

Meanwhile, the 105-year-old Shanghai West Railway Station, the city's fourth largest rail station, was partly in service yesterday after more than a year of renovation.

The high-speed rail line to Nanjing will have a stop there. The station will be accessible by buses and Metro Line 11 and planned lines 15 and 16.


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