9 September 2006
East Rail services affected
At 1:38 pm today, an insulator at the top of an up-line East Rail train short-circuited when it reached the section south of Tai Po Station. As a result, power supply at the section was affected. The incident train stalled near Tai Po Market Station for about an hour. Emergency repair was carried out immediately and services resumed normal at 2:38 pm.
During the time of incident, trains to Lo Wu operated in two sections: one between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Sha Tin or Fo Tan, and the other between Tai Po Market and Lo Wu. As northbound trains were required to shunt at Shatin or Fo Tan Stations, East Rail service in this section was also delayed. Southbound service between Lo Wu and East Tsim Sha Tsui was only slightly affected.
To help passengers travel between Fo Tan and Tai Po Market Stations, KCRC arranged 7 shuttle buses running from Fo Tan Station to Tai Po Market Station at an interval of 5 to 8 minutes. Station staff were deployed to offer assistance to passengers. Broadcasts were made via the electronic media and at stations to inform passengers about the incident.
KCRC is investigating into the cause of the incident and it apologizes for the inconvenience caused.