Hong Kong MTR services back to normal after railway station closures during protests

South China Morning Post 發布於 2019年09月23日03:09 • Danny Mok danny.mok@scmp.com
  • All lines running normal service on Monday morning after sections of network crippled during major unrest on Sunday
Protesters vandalise ticket machines at Kwai Fong MTR station on Sunday, but services are up and running across the network on Monday. Photo: Dickson Lee

Rail services in Hong Kong returned to normal on Monday morning after protests brought down parts of the MTR network hours earlier.

Six stations were closed on a day of violent unrest as hard-core protesters targeted the railway system.

All lines were running as usual for the start of the working week.

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On Sunday, vandalism forced the temporary closures of Sha Tin, Tsing Yi, Kowloon, Kwai Fong, Prince Edward and Mong Kok stations over safety concerns, the MTR Corporation said.

There was mayhem at Tsing Yi MTR station as demonstrators targeted the rail network during the 16th consecutive weekend of anti-government protests. Photo: Dickson Lee

The rail operator said the actions of those protesters not only severely impacted journeys but also endangered the safety of passengers and railway staff, it added.

It warned on Sunday it might not be able to resume services in full on Monday morning, but as of 7am the system was up and running.

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Meanwhile, the MTR Corp said it was also deeply concerned about a suspected arson at Siu Ho Wan Depot on Lantau Island at about 2.35am on Sunday.

It said it took the case very seriously and had reported it to police.

A police spokesman said a 52-year-old member of railway staff had reported the incident after hearing a bang and seeing a fire near the tracks. The man put out the flames himself. No one was injured.

A patch of grass measuring one metre by three metres appeared to have been scorched and a nearby power cable was damaged. A battery measuring 13cm by 8cm was recovered from the scene.

The incident is being investigated by a Lantau district team.

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