Service resumes - but these are trying times for passengers

Top News | Charlotte Luo 19 Sep 2019

The East Rail Line service between Hung Hom and Mong Kok East stations has partially resumed with less frequency after hectic repairs overnight. Only one platform in Hung Hom has returned to operation.

Some cross-border trains using the East Rail have remained canceled since the derailment.

East Rail service from Hung Hom was suspended from 8.30am on Tuesday, until one of two platforms in Hung Hom reopened after 6am yesterday.

The service between Hung Hom and Lo Wu stations was running at seven-minute intervals, while that between Mong Kok and Lo Wu was every 3.5 minutes.

Some trains stopped at Mong Kok East station and passengers needed to cross the lobby to take a train on a different platform to go to Hung Hom station. There will be no direct train between Lok Ma Chau and Hung Hom until further notice.

Passengers bound for Lok Ma Chau station needed to transfer to another train at Tai Po Market or other stations. Trains between Tai Po Market and Lok Ma Chau were running at 12-minute intervals.

"Long waiting times on East Rail platforms can be expected," the MTR Corp said.

A passenger who took the train from Tai Po Market to Hung Hom said the journey took a little bit longer. He said the train stopped a few more times than usual and took four to five minutes longer.

At Kowloon Tong station, a passenger said he spent more time waiting for a train. He said it was inconvenient and hoped the MTR could improve its service.

Workers lifted the derailed train carriages back on track before towing them to a platform overnight but the derailed train was still stationed at the closed platform as of seven last night.

The first to sixth compartments were still stationed at the closed platform, while the seventh to 12th compartments were taken to the Ho Tung Lau depot, a spokeswoman said last night.

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