CHENNAI: Alandur Metro Rail station is the only one where two corridors of the metro rail intersect and passengers can switch the direction of travel at this station, according to Metro Rail sources.
The sources said that Alandur would be a multi-level station where two corridors merge and the only interchange station among Chennai Metro Rail elevated stations. It will have four access points on the ground floor, which include two for entry or exit from the front and two at the rear. Past the access points there are ticket counters, one on either side of the lobby.
Passengers, after crossing the lobby, can move on to level 1 using any of the eight escalators or four lifts. Level 1 is the alighting point for those bound for Guindy-OTA-Airport. From this level there are four escalators and lifts leading to level 2, from where passengers bound for Koyambedu-SIDCO-St Thomas Mount can embark.
Appropriate signage will be provided on both levels to avoid confusion for passengers during a change in travel route. “Sufficient circulation space will be provided for passengers to make interchanges between corridors. Between the ground floor and level 1, there is an intermediate level which will be used by personnel for maintenance work in the station,” sources added.
Physically challenged passengers will have exclusive facilities such as separate entry ramps, toilets and lift openings, designed for easy movement. Space has been provided around the station for parking vehicles. “It is planned in such a way that all station activities take place within a single building. The station will be a massive structure with an elegant elevation that will become a new landmark in the locality,” the sources said.