A recent article from Yonhap highlighted the fact there are almost twice the number of escalators installed at subway stations in Seoul south of the Han River (Gangnam) compared to those in the northern area of Seoul (Gangbuk).
According to the article there are an average of 5 escalators per station in the Gangbuk area, while Gangnam has an average of 9.22 per station.
It points out that Gangbuk Stations service more passengers on average per day (5.13 million) compared to Gangnam (5.07 million) and the fact that Gangbuk has a much larger elderly population with 432,00 and 367,00 residents aged over 70 respectively.
Gangnam also had more elevators while elevators in Gangbuk were used more on average – though this would make sense if there were less escalators.
Hopefully we’ll see more escalators being built in the Gangbuk area, particularly where alternative access might be a problem.
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