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Train station walkway will ease congestion

PEDESTRIANS will find it easier to get around the south square of Shanghai Railway Station after it was announced yesterday that an underground walkway will be built.

The walkway will link the train station and a Metro Line 1 station. Construction will begin by the end of this month and be complete by next year's Spring Festival.

Traffic around the railway station is often disorderly, and sometimes dangerous, due to large crowds of pedestrians, some of whom jaywalk near south square, the Shanghai Railway Station Management Committee Office said.

Traffic assistants on duty at intersections leading to the railway station's ticket hall had set up guide ropes some time ago to curb jaywalking. But people still sneak over the ropes to run red lights.

"The underground pedestrian walkway will help ease traffic woes in the south square," said Yu Jianwwei, a deputy director of the office.

The walkway will have six entrances, including two in front of the ticket hall.

Yu said nearly 5,000 people use the intersection near the front gate to the ticket hall every hour.


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