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Spain: Passengers packed like sardines in Madrid metro02:11

Spain: Passengers packed like sardines in Madrid metro

Spain, Madrid
February 8, 2017 at 09:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

The continued closure of Madrid's number eight metro line on Wednesday meant train workers resorted to Japan's pragmatic, yet unorthodox, method of shoving people onto trains to relieve traffic at peak times.

The technique was first seen in Tokyo, where "train pushers" were employed to ensure the maximum numbers of people are squeezed onto each train safely and in the quickest amount of time.

Metro pushers stationed themselves on the Avenida de America platform between 08:00 (06:00 GMT) and 10:00 (08:00 GMT) in the morning and helped to cram commuters onto trains by physically pressing them on board.

Chief Executive Officer of Metro of Madrid, Borja Carabante, explained how the pushing system speeds up otherwise slow boarding and alighting times. He said, "It expedites the entrance and exit of the metro because one of the actions that sometimes causes major incidences or delays to trains is the opening and closing of the doors."

The metro works are expected to be finished by April 18.

Spain: Passengers packed like sardines in Madrid metro02:11
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The continued closure of Madrid's number eight metro line on Wednesday meant train workers resorted to Japan's pragmatic, yet unorthodox, method of shoving people onto trains to relieve traffic at peak times.

The technique was first seen in Tokyo, where "train pushers" were employed to ensure the maximum numbers of people are squeezed onto each train safely and in the quickest amount of time.

Metro pushers stationed themselves on the Avenida de America platform between 08:00 (06:00 GMT) and 10:00 (08:00 GMT) in the morning and helped to cram commuters onto trains by physically pressing them on board.

Chief Executive Officer of Metro of Madrid, Borja Carabante, explained how the pushing system speeds up otherwise slow boarding and alighting times. He said, "It expedites the entrance and exit of the metro because one of the actions that sometimes causes major incidences or delays to trains is the opening and closing of the doors."

The metro works are expected to be finished by April 18.

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