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Signal failure causes Metro delays

A SIGNAL failure on Metro Line 8 caused a 30-minute delay during the rush hour this morning.

Trains in both directions on the line were delayed from 9:24am to 10am when the automatic signaling system broke down, Shanghai Metro Operation Co said.

Operators had to activate a manual system which caused longer intervals between the trains, it said.

During the problem, trains remained at stations along the line for up to four to five minutes.

"The number of passengers in the carriages was three times more than normal," Jiang Kunyang, a 24-year-old woman told Shanghai Daily.

It took her nearly 30 minutes to travel the two stops from Dalian Road Station to Hongkou Football Stadium Station, the Shanghai woman said.

Passengers were allowed refunds if they had to use other transport during the delay. The company delivered written apologies for the breakdown.

The Metro Line 8 stretches 22.4 kilometers from Shiguang Road in northeastern Shanghai's Yangpu District to Yaohua Road in Pudong, covering 21 stations and passing through six downtown districts.

Daily passenger figures soared to an average 200,000 soon after the line opened in December 2007.


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