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Station answer to a traveler's dream

TRAVELERS will find the going much easier at Shanghai Railway Station with the unveiling of an integrated land transport hub today following the completion of a two-year renovation project.

The hub and nearby roads revamp aims to "improve the traffic chaos and restore the order in the area," said traffic and construction officials in Zhabei District.

People will be able to transfer between the railway, long-distance buses, subways, buses and taxis at the hub, a project tha has cost 4.3 billion yuan (US$620 million).

The revamp means that rail passengers can now enter and leave the railway station from both south and north sides.

The south square, previously the only entrance and exit to the railway station, often suffered huge crowds and traffic congestion.

Metro Lines 3 and 4 will also have entrances in the north square area.

Previously, passengers on those lines faced a long walk underground to the Metro Line 1 station, from where they could get to the south side of the railway station.

The project includes two underground levels.

One has passages for pedestrians and taxis, with access to the railway, subways and long-distance buses.

The second level will be mainly used as garage with parking for about 400 cars.

Zhang Yongbin, head of the Shanghai Long-distance Bus Station, northwest of the north square, said that the trip from the railway station to the bus terminal would be cut by half, from about 15 minutes to seven.

The bus and rail terminals are connected both by ground roads as well as the underground passage.

Traffic authorities said there will be 10 city bus routes at the hub.

An underground vehicle tunnel at Datong Road, connecting the south and north squares, will be finished by July.

More than 7,400 households in the area, many living in dilapidated homes, were relocated during the construction which has also left space for commercial use.


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