Papineau metro station reopens after ceiling issue forces evacuation

The Papineau metro station in the city's east end was closed for most of the early part of Friday afternoon for emergency repairs, after a problem was detected with one of its ceilings.

By 3:30 p.m., after nearly three hours, the station reopened, after the STM said emergency repair work was completed "successfully".

A spokesperson for the STM says the station was evacuated as a precaution, so that crews could stabilize a metallic structure that was threatening to collapse above the escalators leading to the metro platform.

A shuttle bus service ran between the Berri-UQAM and Frontenac stations during the shutdown. Several other bus routes serving the Papineau station also had to be rerouted for a time.