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Seoul unites operation of major metro lines

May 31 saw formal completion of the merger of the South Korean capital’s metro operators, announced last year.

May 31 saw formal completion of the merger of the South Korean capital’s metro operators, announced last year.

Seoul Metro – which replaces the Seoul Metro Corporation (previously operating lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) and the Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation (which operated lines 5, 6, 7 and 8) – now operates all lines in the city other than line 9, which comes under the SML9 consortium.

The main aim of the merger,  announced in November following a majority vote from the workers unions of both operators, is to improve services and safety by standardising technical equipment across the network, as well as combining the skills of staff. No redundancies are to occur, but departing staff will not be replaced, meaning a reduction in staff of 1029 over four years.