Last tracks laid in Line 13 extension, trial operation to begin this year

The second and third phases of Line 13, covering a distance of 15.3 kilometres and 12 stations, will begin trail operation by the end of this year.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

Workers complete the last section of track on Line 13 on Wednesday.

Track construction on the second and third phases of Metro Line 13 were completed on Wednesday and its trial operation will commence before the end of the year, local Metro operator announced.

In order to finish construction on time, more than 1,100 workers and 100 machines took part in the project, said Shanghai Shentong Metro Group.

A more advanced track-laying machine was used for the first time on China's mainland, increasing efficiency and safety. While traditional track layers can finish laying 33.9 meters of track a day, the new machine can achieve 50 meters.

Utilizing this new technology will also mean that passengers on Line 13 will find the train runs smoother and is more balanced.

The team also came up with a video surveillance system based on wireless technology to resolve the weak signal problem in the tunnel. This allowed workers at different stations along the line to be informed of the wider picture and be allocated to different spots more efficiently.

The second and third phases of Line 13 cover 15.3 kilometers and 12 stations. After completion, Line 13 will stop at 31 stations starting from Jiading District to the Pudong New Area.

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