MTR Reducing Weekday Train Frequency from Friday
by: The Beat Asia
March 03, 2022
Weekday services of eight MTR lines will be reduced from Friday (March 4), with passengers on the train system waiting one to four minutes longer for trains.
A staff shortage with workforce testing positive and reduction in passengers during the fifth wave of the virus has forced the MTR Corp to alter services.
Both peak and non-peak services will be affected for the eight lines, with the East Rail, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island, South Island, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung, and Tuen Ma all seeing cuts.
For the East Rail line, waiting time during morning peak period from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM will be lengthened from a range of 2.9 to 3.5 minutes, to between six and seven minutes.
On the Tsuen Wan line, waiting time will increase from two minutes to a range of three to 3.6 minutes during the same period, and the Island line will see a lengthened range of 3.4 to 3.6 minutes.
MTR operations and maintenance staff who are unable to return to work due to testing positive for COVID-19 has reached to about 1,500.
“Together with those unable to report for duty after being classified as close contacts by the Centre for Health Protection or required to undergo compulsory testing, the manpower shortage creates enormous challenges to train operations,” a spokesperson from the MTR Corp said.
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