Thirty-five swanky new trains are set to vamp up Shanghai Metro lines 3 and 4. The new trains are supposed to be more powerful and include new, interior light detectors that adjust the carriage lighting according to surroundings. Okay, that last addition may be slightly unnecessary, but then again, this is the city that give us this.
Along with the other metro lines that have already undergone a funking up, lines 3 and 4 will mix fashion and functionality in keeping with the purple and yellow colour scheme already associated, as the trains will get a paint job to match. Unfortunately, we might have to wait up to two years for these cheerful choo-choo trains to be installed.
Currently, there are around 60 trains running on the lines so the increase in capacity will more than double the amount of trains and altogether make things more efficient. “a lack of trains is an obstacle,” said Yin Wei, manager of Shentong’s operations management centre. Plans for the metro system are only getting more and more elaborate, and by 2020 the network will apparently look like it was tunneled by termites on bath salts.
According to the Metro operator, Shanghai Shentong Group, the first new model is undergoing its internal surgical enhancement in Changchun. As of yet their is no detailed operations plan mapped out, but the freshly clad train is anticipated to undergo tests in Shanghai this July.
By Sophie Regan