Seven MTR stations remain closed, train services to end at 8 pm

October 09, 2019 16:28
The customer service center at the Kwun Tong MTR Station was severely burned. Photo: HKEJ

For the second day in a row, all train services in Hong Kong, except Airport Express, will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, MTR Corp. said.

Seven MTR stations remained closed as of Wednesday afternoon, following a similar move the day before, as their facilities had suffered large-scale vandalism resulting from violent protests over the long holiday weekend after the government announced a ban on wearing face masks during public assemblies. 

Among the closed stations are Mong Kok on the Tsuen Wan Line; Kwun Tong and Mong Kok on the Kwun Tong Line; Tseung Kwan O and Hang Hau on Tseung Kwan O Line; and Che Kung Temple, Sha Tin Wai and Shek Mun on the Ma On Shan Line.

Several light rail stations – Yau Oi, Tin Wing, Ginza, Tin Wu, Tin Tsz and Tin Shui Wai – were also closed.

Services of the Island Line, South Island Line, Disneyland Resort Line, Airport Express Line, Tung Chung Line, West Rail Line and East Rail Line services remained normal on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The closures will give staff more time to repair damaged facilities at the affected stations, MTR said.

Repair works at 11 stations remained uncompleted as of Tuesday night as some of them suffered severe damage in the past few days. The customer service center at the Kwun Tong station was severely burned.

About 12,000 turnstiles, 800 ticket-vending and add-value machines, and 900 CCTV cameras were damaged at different stations on Monday, while about 40 elevators and 70 roller shutters were also vandalized, MTR said, adding that its maintenance teams are doing their best to repair damaged facilities with the aim of reopening all stations as soon as possible.

The company, however, has started experiencing shortages of replacement parts, which is why it has been unable to resume train services in some stations.

It reiterated that it would consider taking legal action against those responsible for the illegal acts.

In its regular media briefing on Tuesday, police said 241 people were arrested during the three-day holiday.

They included 77 people – 50 males and 27 females, aged 12 to 41 – who were accused of breaching the anti-mask law, which took effect on Saturday. Of these, 74 were arrested for using facial covering at an unlawful assembly while three failed to comply with police orders to remove their facial covering in a public place.

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