Disruption will plague rail services for several days

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 July, 2006, 12:00am

Train services between Hong Kong and Beijing and Shanghai will continue to be disrupted for the next few days due to flooding in Hunan. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation said yesterday the Beijing-Guangzhou section of the railroad had been seriously affected and emergency repairs would be carried out over the next few days.

Rain had washed boulders onto sections of track near Nanchang , leading to suspension of services, KCRC spokeswoman Sarah Lai said. The KCRC was awaiting details from its mainland counterpart as to when regular services could resume. 'We really want to know how long [services will be disrupted] and how much damage has been done,' Ms Lai said.

The T97 Beijing-Kowloon through train arrived after 11pm yesterday, more than 10 hours late. The T98 through train due to depart Hunghom at 3pm departed after midnight. At least 500 passengers were affected.

About 300 passengers - secondary students on an exchange programme from Beijing - due to leave on the T98 yesterday were given meal vouchers by the KCRC.

The T99 Shanghai-Kowloon service arrived at 12.23am on Monday after an 11-hour delay. The T100 departed at 10am yesterday, 20 hours later than scheduled.

Passengers 'may consider arranging refund of the ticket price or seeking alternate transport arrangement', the KCRC said.

Passengers are advised to ring the hotline on 2947 7888 before leaving for Hunghom.