22 March 2003
Partial disruption of Light Rail service
 
Light Rail service between Tong Fong Stop and Yuen Long Terminus (seven stops) was affected this afternoon (22 March) after a section of overhead line was damaged, believed to have been struck by a road vehicle crossing a junction at about 1:30 p.m.
According to initial investigation, it is believed that a section of overhead line was struck by a crane lorry crossing the Light Rail junction at Castle Peak Road and Ping Kwai Road. A section of 200-metre-long overhead line and two poles connecting the wires were damaged. The suspected lorry was located by the Police soon after the incident. The Police are investigating the case.
Emergency repair was carried out immediately, and full Light Rail service resumed at 22:55 p.m.
During the emergency repair, Light Rail service of routes 610 (Yuen Long Terminus – Tuen Mun Ferry Pier), 614 (Yuen Long Terminus – Tuen Mun Ferry Pier), 615 (Yuen Long Terminus – Tuen Mun Ferry Pier) and 721 (Yuen Long Terminus – Tin Shui Wai Terminus) was disrupted at the affected stops. The Tuen Mun and Tin Shui Wai services remained normal.
The Corporation deployed a total of 30 feeder buses to provide emergency bus service for affected passengers. Two KCRC bus routes were operated between Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai, and between Yuen Long and Hung Tin Road Emergency Platform throughout the affected period. Another bus route was operated between Tin Shui Wai and Hung Tin Road Emergency Platform during the initial stage of the incident.
In addition, 40 coaches were hired to ply on these routes to ensure the service level.
Another 17 buses on two special routes were also operated, one between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier during the affected period, and the other one between Tin Shui Wai and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier at the initial stage of the incident.
Continuous platform announcements were made to inform passengers of the service disruption and over 100 additional staff were deployed at stops to assist passengers. The Corporation apologized for the inconvenience caused to the passengers. Affected passengers can obtain a refund at Light Rail Customer Services Centres.