Train services partially resume on MTR East Rail Line after derailment the previous day

South China Morning Post

One platform reopened at Hung Hom station; commuters may experience longer wait times on the line

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MTR engineer staff try to lift a train carriage back on track after it derailed at Hung Hom Station on Tuesday.

Services on the MTR East Rail Line to Hung Hom terminus partially resumed ahead of Wednesday rush hours after a train derailed near the station a day ago.

One platform has now been reopened at Hung Hom station. Some trains on the line from the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau border districts terminate at Hung Hom, but others terminate at Mong Kok East station.

Trains from Hung Hom to Mong Kok East station remain the same, at seven minute intervals. Trains leave Mong Kok East for Lo Wu station at three and a half minutes, while passengers going to Lok Ma Chau must change at Tai Po Market station, where trains are running at 12 minute intervals.

The derailment has had a serious impact on cross-border travel, as only three of the nine return trains to and from Guangzhou were operating as of Wednesday morning.

Services were disrupted on Tuesday when three carriages out of a 12-car train heading to the terminus went off track, which hurt eight of the 500 passengers on board. Five people were taken to hospital.

The wreckage of the derailed carriages had been cleared by Wednesday morning, with one track remaining closed and blocked off with orange netting. About 200 staff worked overnight to remove carriages and carry out safety checks and repair work, said the MTR Corporation on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the shuttle bus service from Tai Wai Station to Diamond Hill, which was started on Tuesday after the derailment to ease passengers, has stopped.