Rush-hour passengers were wandering in the dark Tuesday at the MTR’s Central Station, which suffered a blackout for six hours starting at around 3 p.m., the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Wednesday.
The electrical fault was believed to have been caused by a short circuit in a low-voltage room.
Only a few areas within the station were lit, including platform No. 4 and the concourse near the Worldwide House exit, thanks to emergency electricity supplies.
Station staff were seen holding flashlights to help passengers find their way and guide them to line up at the train platforms.
Although train services and the ticketing system were not affected, it wasn’t until 9:10 p.m. when lighting at the station was back to normal.
Some passengers complained that it was a bit stuffier than usual, as the air-conditioning system had apparently been affected.
Other passengers left the station and took a bus instead.
Fourteen of the 32 retail stores inside the station were forced to close during the blackout.
Employees said frozen food that could not be moved elsewhere in time would need to be trashed.
Francis Li Shing-kee, the MTR’s head of operations, said the rail operator will discuss the losses caused by the incident with the store operators.
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