15 January 2006
Update on number of cracked equipment found on East Rail trains
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today continues to conduct non-destructive test (NDT) on the welding of mounting brackets of East Rail trains underframe equipment. The welding of mounting brackets of another 32 major equipments and 94 non-major equipments were checked as of noon today. No crack was found on the welding of mounting brackets on major equipments and minor cracks were found on the welding of mounting brackets on 8 items of non-major equipment. The minor cracks have no safety impact on train operation. (Please refer to attachment for details). KCRC will take appropriate measures to repair the minor cracks.
KCRC also briefed Transport Department on the latest service arrangement after East Rail switched to manual driving under the safety protection of the Automatic Train Protection Mode (ATP). The total journey time between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Lo Wu will be extended by about one and a half minutes from 41 minutes to 42 and a half minutes. The morning peak hour frequency will be reduced from 24 trips to 23 trips per hour per direction. Off-peak hour and evening peak hour frequency will not be affected. Intercity through trains and freight services will not be affected.
KCRC will deploy more staff to closely monitor the traffic situation, and will inform the government immediately of any service changes. KCRC also appeals to the public to pay close attention to the announcement made by radio and television, and to plan their journeys early according to their own travel schedules.
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