The leftover supporting facilities project of Fatou station of subway line 7 started and is expected to finish in 2018, Beijing MTR Construction Administration Corporation told the reporter of Beijing Daily on November 13.
Subway line 7 was put into operation at the end of 2014, but the opening of Fatou station was delayed. “The major structure of the station’s civil work had been completed before 2014,” said Yang Run, project manager of Beijing Construction Engineering Group who takes in charge of the construction of Fatou station.
The delayed opening of Fatou station was because an exit and an air channel were left unbuilt. According to plan, Fatou station has two entrances/exits, three safety exits and two air channels. By the end of 2014, one entrance/exit, three safety exits and one air channel were built. However, it is required that at least two air channels and two entrances/exits meeting the demand of fire evacuation should be built before a subway station opens.
“The entrance/exit and air channel were left unbuilt due to the resistance from housing demolition and relocation of the surrounding residents rather than difficulties in construction,” Yang added. As the vacation project of the surrounding area started on August 3, the once suspended construction of Fatou station was resumed.
It is predicted that the leftover project of Fatou station will be accomplished by the end of next year. Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development also revealed that Fatou station is expected to open at the end of next year on its website. After the station is opened, around 100,000 residents living nearby will be benefited.