Date
18 October 2017
MTR says services are gradually returning to normal on the East Rail Line after disruptions earlier in the day due to a burst water pipe. Photo: YouTube
MTR says services are gradually returning to normal on the East Rail Line after disruptions earlier in the day due to a burst water pipe. Photo: YouTube

MTR’s East Rail services disrupted due to water pipe burst

MTR Corporation, which runs Hong Kong’s commuter rail network, saw services on its East Rail Line get disrupted on Thursday after a water pipe burst between Fanling and Sheung Shui stations. 

A section of the rail track got flooded following the water pipe incident, forcing authorities to reschedule some operations.

However, services are now gradually limping back to normal, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

An MTR operations manager was quoted as saying that stones alongside railroad tracks were washed off after the pipe burst.

Repair works and a series of checks had to be done before normal operations resume.

Earlier in the day, MTR extended journey times between Hung Hom to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau by up to 20 minutes.

The rail operator arranged free shuttle bus services to aid some stranded passengers, according to the report.

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