With the China International Import Expo (CIIE) around the corner interim changes, such as road closures, have been made throughout the city. Now, to ensure commuter safety during the expo period, selected Metro stations will increase security measures, reports Shine.
Take East Xujing station of Line 2 as an example. As the closest Metro station to the National Convention and Exhibition Center, the site of the expo, the station usually receives 40,000-50,000 passengers per day. This figure is expected to rise to 300,000 next week.
To manage this influx and guarantee passenger safety, additional police officers have been dispatched to the station. Where usually there are only six officers allocated, now there will be up to 70 along with two police dogs. These officers have participated in more than 900 training drills to manage a multitude of emergency scenarios.
The security check process has also been upgraded. Commuters will not only put their bags through scanning machines but also pass the security check gate themselves. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the machines will automatically send an alarm if suspicious objects are found. In addition to this, random identification checks will be conducted.
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To relieve the rush-hour pressure, metal railings have been placed at the security checkpoint. Dividing the commuters into bag carriers and non-bag carriers, the efficiency of the security check can increase by 60 percent. Moreover, selected entranced will be restricted at the station. During the expo, passengers can only enter the station through gates 4 and 9 and leave via gates 6 and 8. The remaining gates will be closed to the public.
A squad of bilingual police officers has also been assembled. Adept at English, Japanese, French, German and Korean respectively, these officers will patrol pivotal Metro stations and assist in serving foreign visitors over the next two weeks. In addition, over 300 college students will volunteer at the stations and help guide passengers, reports The Paper.
The brigade of bilingual officers. Image via The Paper
Running from November 5-10, the first China International Import Expo will gather manufacturers from around the globe and bring at least 160,000 purchasers to Shanghai.
[Cover image via The Paper]