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Thursday, July 25, 2019, 17:48
East rail line services gradually resume after hours of disruption
By chinadailyhk.com
Thursday, July 25, 2019, 17:48 By chinadailyhk.com

This July 25, 2019, photo shows a MTR staff, foreground center, providing directions to passengers at Tai Po Market Station in Hong Kong. The station is crowded with commuters as train services on the East Rail Line are disrupted after an engineering train derailed in the early morning. (SHADOW LI / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - Large crowds of passengers were stranded at East Rail Line stations on Thursday following a traffic incident that disrupted train services.

Train services between Fo Tan Station and Tai Po Market Station were suspended as a result. Services along the whole line were also delayed, MTR Corp said

An engineering train derailed near the University Station at around 3:50 am, according to the MTR Corporation. Train services between Fo Tan Station and Tai Po Market Station were suspended as a result. Services along the whole line were also delayed, the rail operator said.

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The MTR arranged free shuttle bus services to carry passengers between Fo Tan and Tai Po Market stations during the period of disruption.

Train services gradually resumed at 2.30 pm.

Passengers are stranded at Tai Po Market Station, Hong Kong, July 25, 2019. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)

Long lines of commuters were seen queuing for the shuttle buses at Tai Po Market Station concourse. Some said instructions from the MTR were not clear enough. 

Lin Lihong, a tourist from the Chinese mainland, said she had been stuck in Tai Po Market station for more than half an hour. 

After learning that she might have to wait for another hour for the shuttle bus, the 29-year-old said she might return to Shenzhen to take the high-speed rail to West Kowloon to continue her visit to Hong Kong.

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Head of Operating of the MTRC Sammy Wong Kwan-wai apologized for the incident and expressed gratitude to passengers for their tolerance.

The East Rail Line is a core railway line connecting northern towns of Hong Kong. It runs between Hung Hom in Kowloon and Lok Ma Chau or Lo Wu in the New Territories.

This July 25, 2019, photo shows long lines of commuters queuing for shuttle buses at Tai Po Market Station concourse in Hong Kong. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)

Commuters wait under intense heat outside Tai Po Market Station, Hong Kong, July 25, 2019. (CHAI HUA / CHINA DAILY)

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