10 September 2004
Light Rail service in Tin Shui Wai partially affected
Northbound Light Rail services at Chung Fu Stop and Tin Fu Stop were affected this morning after a light rail vehicle on route 751, running from Yau Oi Stop to Tin Yat Stop, went off the track at the junction of Tin Shui Road and Tin Wing Road as a result of a broken steel wheel tyre of the second car at about 6:37am.
As a result, routes 706 (Tin Shui Wai Circular), 751 (Yau Oi - Tin Yat) and 761 (Tin Wing – Yuen Long Terminus) were diverted. About 50 feeder buses were deployed to provide emergency bus service for the affected passengers. The buses ran on three routes at a frequency of 6-10 minutes. Two of the bus routes ran between Tin Wing and Yuen Long (East) and between Tin Wing via Tuen Mun Town Centre and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier respectively. The third was a circular route running between West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station and Tin Shui Wai north.
KCRC staff removed the light rail vehicle from the scene and Light Rail services resumed normal at about 8:24am. No passenger was injured. During the period when service was disrupted, continuous platform announcements were made to inform passengers of the service change, and staff were deployed at stops to provide assistance.
General Manager, West Rail Operations Mr Tsui Wai-keung said KCRC would carry out a fleet check of the steel wheel tyres of all 119 light rail vehicles before traffic resumed tomorrow morning and would make a thorough examination of all steel wheel tyres in one week.
He said the Corporation would examine the concerned steel wheel tyre to find out the cause of the incident. The Corporation apologised for the inconvenience caused.
At present, all Light Rail vehicles receive a comprehensive check on their wheels after running every 35,000 km. In addition, a regular check is conducted every three weeks to ensure the vehicles operate in normal conditions and meet the required safety standards.