28 March 2006
West Rail's signalling failure at Tai Lam Tunnel
The signalling system of KCR West Rail at Tai Lam Tunnel failed at 9:13am this morning. During the incident, the journey time between Nam Cheong Station and Tuen Mun Station was extended by 10-20 minutes and the service frequency was maintained at 4-15 minutes.
Public announcements and notices were made immediately to inform passengers of the service disruption at stations and inside train compartments. Staff were deployed at stations to provide assistance to passengers.
Following urgent repairs, the signalling system failure was fixed at 10:00am and normal West Rail service was resumed.
The investigation result reveals that a power component supplying electricity for the signalling system at the Tai Lam Tunnel section failed. KCRC is looking into the cause of the failure jointly with the supplier.
KCRC would like to extend its apology to the affected passengers and had reported the incident to the Hong Kong Railway Inspectorate.