15 January 2006
East Rail trains switch to operate under Automatic Train Protection System
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) announces that the Corporation has obtained the approval of Hong Kong Railway Inspectorate to switch operation of East Rail trains from Automatic Train Operation System (ATO) to manual driving under the safety protection of the Automatic Train Protection Mode (ATP). This will take effect from 2 pm today (15 January).
Under the ATP mode, the total journey time between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Lo Wu will be extended by about one and a half minutes from 41 to 42 and a half minutes. The morning peak hour frequency will be reduced from 24 trips to 23 trips per hour. Off-peak hour and evening peak hour frequency will not be affected. Intercity through trains and freight services will not be affected.
"All train drivers have adequate training to operate the trains safely under manual mode. Their daily driving duties also include manual driving for train regulation, operating the trains in and out of train depots and when handling emergencies. Drivers have adequate practical experience in manual driving. Refresher courses are also organised to ensure drivers can operate the trains safely." Y T Li, Senior Director, Transport said.
Notices and announcements will be made at stations to inform passengers about the arrangement. The Corporation apologises for any inconvenience caused.
For enquiries, passengers may call the KCRC Passenger Service Hotline at 2929 3399.