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Speed limits to end on Line 10

SPEED restrictions will be lifted on Shanghai's Metro Line 10 and it will resume normal operations today after a rear-end collision late last month injured nearly 300 people. Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, which operates the city's subway network, said yesterday that trains on Line 10 were restricted to a maximum speed of 45 kilometers per hour soon after the crash on September 27. The speed limit will be lifted after a thorough inspection has been conducted, Shanghai Shentong said. Intervals between trains will be reduced as the trains will travel at normal speeds of 60 to 70 kph. Metro officials said "double staff will still be on duty at key posts, such as drivers and dispatchers, on Line 10 as operations fully return to normal" to ensure safety. Human error was blamed for the two-train collision, the worst in Shanghai's Metro history, according to an investigation released during the holiday. A dozen Metro employees and officials have been punished for the accident, the city government said. On September 27, two Metro Line 10 trains collided in a tunnel between Laoximen Station and Yuyuan Garden Station. The investigation showed that inappropriate human control was to blame for the crash. The dispatchers were using telephones to guide trains after the signaling system lost power. Dispatchers gave incorrect orders to drivers without checking the situation in the tunnel, which led to the accident. Twelve people were removed from their posts or demoted in connection with the accident, investigators said on Thursday. Those removed included Zhu Limin, vice director of Shanghai Shentong's dispatch department, as well as Kuo Kang and Tang Zhihua, vice manager and chief of the Line 10 dispatch center, respectively.

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