HK’s MTR Corporation fined total of HK$35 million for two major service breakdowns

30-Mar-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s embattled rail operator has been slapped with a HK$35 million (US$4.46 million) penalty for service breakdowns during two incidents earlier this month, according to a senior official.

MTR operations director Adi Lau Tin-shing said at a Legislative Council meeting on Friday that the company would be fined a record HK$25 million for the city’s first MTR crash on March 18, which caused an unprecedented suspension of service between two of its busiest stations, Admiralty and Central, for 48 hours.

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It would also be given a HK$10 million penalty for the overnight suspension of the Tung Chung Line and express rail services from Central to the airport on March 24 due to a mechanic fault on the overhead power cable for a train at Sunny Bay station, he said.

As a goodwill gesture for the service breakdown at Admiralty and Central, Lau said, adult tickets would be sold for 50 per cent off from May 11 to May 13.

“We will offer the special fare concessions to passengers. We estimate more than 13 million passengers will benefit,” he said.


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