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Slippy Metro 'due to umbrellas'

IF rush hour on the Metro wasn't tough enough, heavy rain in recent days means that commuters fighting the crowds must also watch they don't slip on wet station floors.

Despite efforts to prepare for the impact of the plum rain season, the Metro operator appears to have failed to stop water building up in stations, leading to online complaints from passengers yesterday.

"A shower outside and the interchange corridor at Hongqiao Road Station is soaked in water," wrote a rider, named Xu Chun, who also uploaded a photograph of rainwater forming into pools in the station.

This complaint was echoed by hundreds of other passengers.

Some questioned whether Metro stations were structurally sound if water was able to seep or leak in.

But Metro officials said the problem was with exposed passageways and wet umbrellas, not the stations.

"Slippery conditions are mostly occurring at passageways partly exposed to the outside, said Lan Tian, an official with the Metro operator. "The massive number of dripping wet umbrellas carried into stations is also a factor."

Li Long'en, a daily commuter, told Shanghai Daily, that the problem was obvious at a number of stations, including Line 3's Chifeng Road and Zhongshan Park stations.

"It has really made rush-hour stresses even worse. Big crowds and the slippery floors force you to pay extra attention," said the young local office worker.

"I hope the Metro authority will renovate stations or expand the entrance passages to help relieve the impact," he added.

However, Metro management said they would focus on more basic measures.

"We will send more staff to put down sacking and mop floors dry," Lan said.

The official also urged rush-hour commuters to bring plastic bags to cover wet umbrellas.

Access was restricted to heavily soaked passageways at some Metro stops. Problems are more common on Line 3 and Line 6.

Beleaguered commuters should not expect any relief soon, as thunderstorms and showers are forecast for the next five days, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.


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