Date
25 March 2017
Crowds grow as train services are forced to slow down while emergency repairs on a track are carried out. MTR staff (right) help maintain order. Photos: RTHK
Crowds grow as train services are forced to slow down while emergency repairs on a track are carried out. MTR staff (right) help maintain order. Photos: RTHK

Tsuen Wan Line back to normal but MTR is under fire

MTR services on the Tsuen Wan Line have returned to normal after emergency repairs on faulty tracks between Lai King and Kwai Fong stations.

Train services continued from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. but at lower speeds while repairs were being made.

It took an extra 10 to 15 minutes to travel between Central and Tsuen Wan on the affected line which operated trains at six-minute intervals, according to public broadcaster RTHK.

The rail operator said cracks were found on the railway tracks between Lai King and Kwai Fong stations, prompting a slowdown of commuter trains.

Some were required to stop while entering and leaving Lai King station.

In some instances, passengers were asked to get off in Admiralty and switch to another train to Central.

MTR staffers assisted the affected passengers.

But a commuter expressed disappointment, saying the mass railway line used to be a state-of-the-art system.

In recent years, however, it has failed to meet public expectations due to frequent delays, he said.

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