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Seoul's Subway No. 9 opens its 3rd section in Oct. next year

Seoul's Subway No. 9 opens its 3rd section in Oct. next year

Posted September. 15, 2017 07:45,   

Updated September. 15, 2017 08:07

The third section of Subway Line No. 9, a stretch between the Sports Complex Station in Songpa district and the VHS Medical Center in Gangdong district, will open in October next year.

According to the Seoul metropolitan government, 85 percent of the 9.2-kilometer section has been completed as of August. In the entire stretch of a tunnel, railways and stations have been all constructed. Electricity began to be supplied from Jamsil, Seokchon and Sangil subway substations. Safety facilities will be in place and signal systems and the electricity supply for trains will be tested.

Once the third section becomes operational, the entire distance of Subway Line No. 9 will be 39.2 kilometers combining the first and second sections. Once completed in October next year, it will take less than 50 minutes for an express train to reach Gimpo Airport from the VHS Medical Center. The areas of Seokchon, the Olympic Park and the VHS Medical Center will have of express train stations.

Unlike the previous phases, Phase 3 will use eco-friendly and renewable energy sources including photovoltaic power for lighting in elevators and geothermal heat for air conditioning and heating in working spaces of subway station staff.

Jeong-Soo Hong hong@donga.com