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Rules to ensure safer subway

METRO operators have the right to temporarily close stations to prevent passengers from boarding trains when they get too crowded, according to new safety regulations which take effect today.

The mew regulations clarify the Metro operator's responsibility in ensuring safety, duties of Metro staff, emergency planning and measures to prevent overcrowding and danger to passengers.

Under the new regulations, bicycles, including folding bikes, are to be banned from the Metro from today.

Offenders will not be allowed to enter Metro stations and those who refuse to abide by the rule will be reported to police, according to the regulations.

Metro operators, however, said former safety regulations had also given them the right to close the stations and cut the passenger flow since the very first day of the operation of the subway.

"The measures are the essential parts of the regular emergency plan," said Yin Wei, an official from Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the Metro operator.

"When the excessive passenger flow has threatened the safety operation of the subway, it's normal and also necessary for us to shut down some stations to cut the number of passengers," Yin said.

Another official, surnamed Huang, said it was to ensure the safety of all passengers that some of them had to be prevented from boarding trains.

"On those very rare occasions where the problem of congestion became severe, a few people will have to make a sacrifice to ensure safety to all," said Huang.

The closure of two Metro stations, Wulian Road on Line 6 and Quyang Road on Line 8, during morning rush hours over the weekend on February 20 and 21 sparked complaints with many commuters questioning whether Metro operators had the right to temporarily close stations and prevent them boarding.


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