In preparation for the severe cold and heavy snowfall this winter, Seoul plans to promote the ｢Comprehensive Winter Preparation Plan 2018｣ for four months from November 15, 2018 to March 15, 2019 in the five areas of cold wave, snow removal, fires · accidents, welfare · environment, and public welfare.
During this period, 33 organizations including the city of Seoul, 25 autonomous districts, six road and bridge maintenance offices, and the Facilities Management Corporation will operate the 24-hour ‘Disaster & Safety Countermeasure Headquarters’ for maintenance of an emergency contact system and speedy rehabilitation support against heavy snow, emergencies, and damage prevention.
Seoul will exhaustively investigate a total of 7,515 facilities vulnerable to disasters from November 12, 2018 to February 2019, enforce the protection measures starting November 1, which is two weeks earlier than usual with a forecast of early cold due to the abnormal weather, and will increase the number of sleeping bags provided for the homeless to 600 for reinforced protection of the vulnerable class.
With heavy snowfall that is expected to accompany the severe cold weather this winter, measures for snow removal will also be fortified. Automatic liquid spraying equipment for early winter snow removal in vulnerable areas will be installed (9 new installments; 51 locations in 2017⇒60 locations in 2018), and a new standard for de-icers will be established for the minimal use of de-icers and for the prevention of excess spraying in consideration of the amount of snowfall and snowfall time slots.
The city plans to establish special transportation measures upon snowfall, safety measures for winter food, cleaning measures for fallen leaves and used briquettes, measures for stability along watersides in preparation for heavy snowfall and extreme cold. Situation rooms will be operated for crucial cases of severe cold, snow removal, disasters, and fires for securing citizen safety and minimizing inconvenience.
Measures for subway operations
Measures for subway operations during commute times and operation of extended last train times
|Stage||Extended rush hour and last train times||Operation of emergency electric trains|
|Category||Morning commute||Evening commute||Last train|
|Stage 1 (Caution)||Regular operation||07:00~09:00||18:00~20:00||01:00 of day after weekday 24:00 on Saturdays and holidays||–|
|13 on Lines 1-8|
|30 min. extension by standard of last train station arrival time||07:00~09:30
36 additional operations on Lines 1-8
20 additional operations on Lines 1-8
|01:30 of day after weekday,
00:30 of days after Saturdays and holidays
65 additional operations on Lines 1-8
5 additional operations on Line 9
4 additional operations on Ui-Sinseol LRT Line
|16 on Lines 1-8|
|60 min. extension by standard of last train station arrival time||07:00~10:00
44 additional operations on Lines 1-8
28 additional operations on Lines 1-8
|02:00 of day after weekday,
01:00 of days after Saturdays and holidays
100 additional operations on Lines 1-8
8 additional operations on Line 9
8 additional operations on Ui-Sinseol LRT Line
|16 on Lines 1-8|
Measures for bus operations
Measures for bus operations during commute times and operation of extended last bus times
|Stage||Extended rush hour and last train times||Remarks|
|Category||Morning commute||Evening commute||Last bus|
|Stage 1 (Caution)||Regular operation||07:00~09:00||18:00~20:00||Differs by route||Extension of each line’s last bus times that take into consideration its route features (number of passengers, last bus times) can be found online or through the 120 call center|
|Stage 2 (Warning)||30 min. extension by standard of garage departure time||07:00~09:30||18:00~20:30||Differs by route|
|Stage 3 (Critical)||60 min. extension by standard of garage departure time||07:00~10:00||18:00~21:00||Differs by route|