Date
21 October 2018
MTRC will reinforce the rails where an XRL train derailed in April, but the rail operator has yet to provide the schedule for the repair. Photo: HKEJ
MTRC will reinforce the rails where an XRL train derailed in April, but the rail operator has yet to provide the schedule for the repair. Photo: HKEJ

Tracks strengthening work won’t delay XRL opening: MTRC

MTR Corporation will strengthen the tracks at Shek Kong Stabling Sidings where an Express Rail Link (XRL) train derailed in April.

XRL operating chief Francis Li Shing-kee said in a press briefing on Friday the tracks strengthening work will not delay the cross-border rail project, which will start operation in September as scheduled, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

However, the company has not provided any schedule for the strengthening work, saying relevant departments are still reviewing the design while procurements are being carried out.

The railway operator said it will strengthen the No. 4 track, where the train had shifted out, as well as the No. 3 track to reduce the possibility of future problems to a minimum.

During the press briefing, MTRC also revealed the ticketing and security details at the XRL.

Five counters at the ticket hall of the West Kowloon Terminus will be reserved for selling tickets to passengers connecting to the mainland’s high-speed rail system.

However, MTRC did not say how much time will be needed to complete the entire boarding process.

Jeny Yeung Mei-chun, the company’s commercial director, only said it will be different from the intercity through train, where clearance takes about 20 minutes.

Passengers will later be given more specific advice as to how much time they should reserve for boarding.

Security services have been outsourced to a contractor, who will operate the 15 X-ray scanners.

The company will review the need for more scanners after considering the actual passenger flow.

The station features 12 baby-care facilities, 15 accessible toilets, 1,500 signs, and around 170 passenger information displays on a floor area of 400,000 square meters.

Li also unveiled the uniform for XRL staff, which consists of a shirt and waistcoat with orange trimmings.

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