Hong Kong MTR

Signalling fault forces delays in services on Hong Kong Kwun Tong MTR line

It is fifth day in which incidents have been reported on system since Friday last week

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 4:48pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 August, 2017, 10:29pm

Services on the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line were disrupted for more than 10 hours after a signalling fault was detected near Kwun Tong station at around 11am.

It was the fifth day in which problems hit the system since Friday last week.

The MTR said trains operated at a slower speed between Ngau Tau Kok and Lam Tin stations, with trains running every five minutes between Whampoa and Tiu Keng Leng.

The run between the two stations took five to 10 minutes longer than usual.

“MTR staff are carrying out repair work. We apologise for any inconvenience caused,” the MTR said in a notice on its website.

A free shuttle bus service operated between Choi Hung and Yau Tong stations.

A passenger told local media that his train from Tiu Keng Leng stopped before reaching Kwun Tong, resulting in a wait of about an hour.

“I couldn’t leave as the train had not reached a station and the doors could not open,” the man said.

Stations along the line became packed with waiting passengers. Television footage showed crowded scenes at platforms at Kowloon Tong – a transfer station between the Kwun Tong and East Rail lines.

The problem was fixed at 9.35pm and normal services resumed.

Disruptions have been reported on the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong and Ma On Shan lines in the past week.