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Sectional trains coming to Longgang Line

Han Ximin

THE operator of Longgang Line will run sectional trains between Huaxin and Tangkeng stations starting Monday.

The sectional trains will operate on weekdays, from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., to relieve rush-hour crowds on the highly used Metro line.

Departure intervals will be reduced to 3 minutes and 30 seconds from the current 5 minutes. The sectional trains also are intended to alleviate crowds at Buji Station, which has seen a surge of passengers since the opening of Shenzhen East Railway Station.

The operator reminded passengers who take trains between Huaxin and Tangkeng stations to pay special attention to information that’s displayed on LED screens or broadcast on intercoms. Passengers on sectional trains with destinations beyond either end of the section should simply get off and take the next train in the appropriate direction.

The line operator plans to purchase 33 trains before 2016, eventually reducing departure intervals to three minutes.

Longgang Line has carried about 433,400 passengers a day since its full length opened in December 2010.

HKMTR Shenzhen Co., operator of Longhua Line, will extend service hours to midnight Feb. 6, 7, 10, 14 and 15 for the Spring Festival holiday.

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