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Saturday, December 21, 2019, 19:00
HK: University Station reopens after month-long repair
By Xinhua
Saturday, December 21, 2019, 19:00 By Xinhua

An MTR staff holds up a sign that reads "Train to Lo Wu" at University Station along the East Rail Line as the station reopens following five weeks of repair, Hong Kong, Dec 21, 2019. (PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG - The metro station adjacent to the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) reopened on Saturday, more than a month after being trashed by rioters.

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The MTR Corporation said the complexity of the repair works is challenging

Basic services resumed at the University Station in the morning after about five weeks of repair, said the MTR Corporation, Hong Kong's railway operator.

But some entrances and facilities remained closed for further repair, the MTR said.

The station fell victim to violence more than a month ago as rioters occupied the CUHK neighboring the University Station as a fortress. They set fire to the station and destroyed facilities ranging from ticket machines to escalators. The company said the complexity of the repair works is challenging.

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Some areas and facilities remained shut for ongoing repair works on Saturday. "Due to serious damage caused by arson, a lift connecting to exit C will require a longer time for repair," the company said.

The company called for a stop to vandalism of station facilities at the expense of the safety of passengers, MTR staff, and railway operations, saying such unlawful acts should not be tolerated.

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