False reports of train failure resulted in disruption of MTR East Rail Line service at Admiralty Station

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25th May 2022 – (Hong Kong) There was a report of train failure at the cross-harbour section of the MTR East Rail Line yesterday. The train control centre was notified that the incident lasted for 1.5 hours, and train services resumed to normal at about 9.30am in the morning.

Legislative Councillor Michael Tien Puk-sun said on the radio program this morning (25th) that as far as he understands, the incident involved false reports of train failure and had nothing to do with the signal system or power supply system. Tien said that at the time of the incident, the captain of a train could not drive the train away because of a false fault report, and due to rush hours, the MTR arranged another backup vacant train on the adjacent track, resulting in a false fault report.

He believes that the MTR should review whether to reserve vacant trains for backup during peak hours, and suggested that the MTR should provide more information to passengers when emergency incidents occur, such as through mobile applications.

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