Services resume after HK bomb scare sees MTR station closed during morning rush hour

06-Feb-2020 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Train services on a Hong Kong rail line are gradually resuming after a bomb scare during morning rush hour on Wednesday saw one station closed.

Tai Po Market MTR station was shut after a suspicious item was found and bomb disposal officers called in.

Police received a report at about 8am that an object, which looked like a shoebox, had been found on the side of the railway tracks near the station.

At about 9.30am, the MTR Corporation announced that the station was closed, and services on the East Rail line between University and Tai Wo stations were suspended. At 10.52am, the MTR Corp said rail services would be gradually resumed.

During the suspension, trains from Hung Hom to University, as well as trains from Tai Wo to Sheung Shui, ram at 10-minute intervals, and shuttle buses were put in place between University and Fanling stations.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, the MTR Corp initially closed a platform and required all trains to use Platform 1 at the Tai Po Market station. Train services from Hung Hom to Fo Tan were adjusted to run at 10-minute intervals, while trains from Fo Tan to Sheung Shui were running at 30-minute intervals.

The incident came hours after an explosion in a public toilet in Lai Chi Kok at 10.47pm on Tuesday night.

On Sunday, Hong Kong police called the bomb squad to the Lo Wu railway station, at the border with mainland China, when two explosive devices were found on a train.


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