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Man on train roof delays services

A MAN climbed on top of a Metro Line 3 train during morning rush hour yesterday, delaying services by half an hour.

The incident comes on the heels of a similar occurrence on Monday when a section between Jiangwan Town and Baoshan Road stations on Metro Line 3 was affected after a man entered the track at the Hongkou Football Stadium Station.

Yesterday, the man, who is in his 30s and whose identity was not released by police, climbed on the top of a train at Jinshajiang Road Station at 8:32am.

He was seen sitting on the roof of the train with his head covered with the hood of a jacket. The train waited till police arrived and took him away. The case was under investigation, with police only saying that acts that deliberately disturb normal operation of the services would be dealt with severely.

Services between Yishan Road and Zhongtan Road stations on Line 3 were affected for almost half an hour.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Metro operator said it plans to put up safety doors on the elevated subway platforms that will keep commuters away from the track.

The safety doors will be put up on the entire route of Metro Line 5 and the six elevated stations on the north of Line 1.

The southern side of Line 1 will have the doors ready and in use next year.

The safety doors, which will be made of tempered glass, will be half the size of an average person.

The Shanghai Shentong Company, the Metro operator, said the safety doors will also be put up on other elevated stations including Line 3, 4 and 6 if the trial run on the Line 1 and 5 prove beneficial.

Shentong decided to put the doors in place after the Line 3 incident when a man arbitrarily walked on to tracks and delayed the services at the Hongkou Football Stadium Station. He was taken away by the Metro staff but the incident delayed services for nearly 15 minutes.

“If there was a safety door, the man wouldn’t have been able to get onto the tracks,” said a Metro staff.

“We do need some protective measures, especially during rush hours when the crowds are dangerously close to the tracks and may lead to accidents.”



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