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Walkway to ease station crowding

TRAFFIC assistants trying to control jaywalkers around the south square at Shanghai Railway Station can breathe a sigh of relief with the announcement of plans to build an underground pedestrian walkway there.

People heading to the main ticket hall on the South Square come from all directions, from different pedestrian crossings and from the Metro. The crowds of pedestrians and frequent jaywalking make for disorderly and dangerous traffic.

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

The traffic flow is slowed because of the crowds of pedestrians, the Shanghai Railway Station Management Committee Office said.

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

Local government has recently carried out a feasibility study of the walkway and construction is scheduled to start around the end of this month. The walkway will be in use before the next Spring Festival transport rush.

Ticket buyers arriving by Metro Line 1 will no longer have to walk up to ground level and join the crowds heading for the ticket hall. The walkway will connect the Metro station directly with the ticket hall.

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

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


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