5 February 2001
KCRC inquires into the two incidents of non-stopping of trains at Fanling and Tai Po Market stations
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has set up a Committee of Inquiry to look into the two incidents of non-stopping of trains at Fanling Station and Tai Po Market Station on 2 and 4 February respectively.
"While these two incidents did not pose any risk to passenger safety, we are fully aware of the inconvenience caused to our passengers. The Corporation therefore takes a very serious attitude towards these cases and would make every effort to prevent them from happening again," said Mr Y T Li, Deputy Director, East Rail.
An interview with the two concerned drivers was conducted this morning and they both admitted that they had made a careless mistake. Apart from receiving appropriate disciplinary action, they have to go through refresher training again before they can resume driving duty. Their performance will also be closely monitored in the coming year.
All the 182 drivers will have to attend a special refresher course related to stopping trains at stations. The course is being designed and is expected to be completed within the next two months.
The East Rail management has also reviewed the duty roster of train drivers following the two incidents and considers that the current arrangement is appropriate. Currently, all drivers are required to work about 180 hours per month. They have a rest of at least 40 minutes after driving for four hours. They may have to work overtime during festive periods but this is being strictly controlled. During January 2001, each driver on average has worked for an additional eleven hours, spread among a number of days, during the whole month.
The Corporation will take immediate action to install audible reminding signal for the driver in the driving cab which is activated just before the train approaches each station so that the chance of non-stopping at station will be further eliminated. It is estimated that the installation can be completed in two months' time.
We will also explore the feasibility of re-programming the Automatic Train Protection System so that the train will be guided to stop at each platform.
The long term solution lies in the introduction of an Automatic Train Operation (ATO) signalling system. Works have begun and will be speeded up, target for completion in end 2002. The ATO will enable all East Rail trains to be programmed to stop at all stations.