Transport official urges KCRC to get back on track A transport official has called on the KCRC to improve its automatic speed control and braking system, which experiences a malfunction about once every two days and in April caused a train to skip Tai Wo station. Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp senior director of transport Li Yun-tai told lawmakers of the railway subcommittee yesterday that the automatic system had malfunctioned on average 16 times each month. The system was introduced on East Rail in 2002 to control the speed of trains and ensure they made their scheduled stops. On April 28, a driver passed Tai Wo station without stopping while manually operating a train during a system malfunction caused by a loose connection. Cathy Chu Man-ling, deputy secretary of transport, called for the rail operator to reduce the number of such incidents. 'We believe the performance of KCRC's system is not ideal because there are about 16 incidents each month,' Ms Chu said. 'That means on average there is one incident every two days. We feel there's a need to greatly improve stability.' By comparison, Ms Chu said the MTR Corp had recorded only one system malfunction since the end of last year. The KCRC should seek expert advice on improving repairs and maintenance work to enhance the system, she said. Mr Li said the KCRC would spend $6 million to upgrade its signalling system to correct the problem by the end of the year. It would also place a second staff member in driving compartments to ensure trains stopped at the required stations while being manually operated, he said. On other railway matters, lawmakers once again pressed MTR Corp executives to extend concessions to families using the Disneyland Resort Line. However, MTR deputy operations director Andrew McCusker declined the request, saying fares would be determined by market forces. Mr McCusker also said the MTR would not begin studying the cost of adding screen doors at eight of its stations that are above ground until early next year. The installation of screen doors at 30 underground stations would be completed early next year. But passengers who pay their fare with Octopus cards will continue paying an extra 10 cents on each ride until 2015 to cover half the $2 billion cost.