The damaged trains were conducting an overnight trial run of a new signal system. The crash near the Central MTR station caused the train running between Central-Admiralty on the Tsuen Wan line to be suspended. Photo: Handout

MTR Corp faces record HK$25 million fine after crash that left line between two of Hong Kong’s busiest stations closed for two days

  • Overnight test of new signalling system resulted in two trains going through crossing at same time
  • Accident came on back of system failure in October that caused commuter chaos
Topic |   Hong Kong MTR

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The damaged trains were conducting an overnight trial run of a new signal system. The crash near the Central MTR station caused the train running between Central-Admiralty on the Tsuen Wan line to be suspended. Photo: Handout
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It has been a bumpy couple of years for the MTR Corp. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Why is Hong Kong’s MTR hurtling from one disaster to another? Is complacency or corporate structure to blame?

  • Critics say the rail operator’s effective monopoly since it merged with the KCRC in 2000 has allowed it to rest on its laurels
  • The part-privatisation is also to blame, according to others, as the government cannot dictate to a company it owns 75 per cent of
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It has been a bumpy couple of years for the MTR Corp. Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen
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