23 March 2006
East Rail train services affected
At 11:13am today, the overhead line at north of East Rail University Station tripped and train services were affected. The traveling time on both directions between Lo Wu Station and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station was extended by about 15 minutes. After urgent repair, normal train service on East Rail was resumed at 11:43am.
During the incident, KCRC arranged feeder buses to ply between Shatin, Tai Po Market, Fanling and Sheung Shui stations.
In addition, at 1:13pm, the battery of a train returning to depot failed at south of Sheung Shui Station, the train had to reduce speed in operation. Subsequently, the traveling time of five trains on the downtrack (towards Tsim Sha Tsui Station) was extended by about 8 minutes. Normal train service was resumed at 1:36pm.
During the incident, KCRC posted up notices at stations and informed passengers through station announcements. Also, additional manpower was deployed to assist passengers. KCRC is currently carrying out investigations into the two incidents and has reported them to the Transport Department and the Railway Inspectorate.
Moreover, at 3:50pm, a South Asian man trespassed onto the rail track at East Rail Hung Hom Station towards the direction of East Tsim Sha Tsui Station along the tunnel. The station staff immediately activated the emergency plunger to prevent trains from entering the track section. For the sake of safety, the operation of East Rail trains between East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and Hung Hom Station was also temporarily suspended at once. Station staff went into the tunnel to search the person and brought him back to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for investigation by the police.
Mr. Anthony Yan, General Manager - East Rail Operations said, pursuant to KCRC By-laws, any person trespassed onto the rail track without prior permission is an offence in law. The offender is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $5,000 and to imprisonment for six months. Passengers must not enter the track areas to avoid danger.
KCRC would like to extend apology to passengers for the inconvenience caused during the incidents.