CAUTION: Hong Kong MTR Shutdown May Affect Your Travels
06 Oct 2019
Yesterday, the Shenzhen Port Office official WeChat Account, announced that due to the temporary shutdown of the MTR East Rail Line and other lines yesterday, normal operations at the Luohu and Wenjindu would be affected. They advised passengers who needed to travel to Hong Kong to choose other ports.
The MTR announced yesterday that it would not provide services, including the heavy rail (the Airport Express), the LRT and the MTR bus, after the assessment with the Police and other relevant departments.
The authorities reminded foreign tourists to reserve sufficient time to go to the airport.
Guangzhou-Bound Train Destroyed at Fanling Station in Hong Kong
On the evening of October 4, a Z810 train from Hong Kong Hung Hom to Guangzhou East Station was attacked by masked demonstrators at Fanling Station in Hong Kong, causing the train to be delayed more than an hour. The demonstrators smashed the train glass windows. When the train left the platform, they also pushed bicycles and other items onto the track.
On October 5th, China Railway Guangzhou Bureau Group Co., Ltd. issued a notice that 8 trains between Hong Kong and Guangzhou East were temporarily suspended.
Hong Kong's MTR Hit Hard
As of October 4, a total of 83 MTR stations and 42 light rail stations were damaged. The damage included 860 access gates, 500 ticket sales and value-added machines, 400 Octopus processors, 700 CCTVs, 12 lifts, and 10 entrances and exits. Even the unopened Shazhong Line Songhuangtai Station was damaged.
Demonstrators have used heavy-duty petrol bombs to render lifts completely inoperable at Yau Ma Tei Station, Sham Shui Po Station. and Huang Da Station.
Multiple malls announced closures, Some theme parks adjust operating hours
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Co., Ltd. announced yesterday that in response to the latest situation and in order to protect the safety of employees and customers, all branches were suspended yesterday. Some branches of HSBC Hong Kong temporarily closed as well. Various theme parks and tourist attractions have also adjusted operating hours.
Some Services Resume Today
As of 9 a.m., this morning, the latest announcement from the MTR is as follows:
Part of MTR train service is resumed today, however, due to serious vandalism, some stations will not be opened for service, damaged facilities and station entrances/exits in other stations need time to repair. Train service will be also shortened and ended at 9pm to allow more time for repair.
Airport Express will be running between Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tsing Yi stations from the start of service (non stop at AsiaWorld-Expo station).
As requested by the Hong Kong Government and Airport Authority, staring from 1pm, Airport Express will be running between Airport and Hong Kong stations only. Trains will not stop at Kowloon, Tsing Yi and AsiaWorld-Expo stations.
MTR staff and Airport Authority staff will check flight tickets and travel documents in Hong Kong Station. Please allow more time for travel.
In-town Check-in service will be suspended at Kowloon Station for the whole day. In-town Check-in service at Hong Kong Station will remain normal and please allow 90 minutes ahead of the scheduled flight time for the check in service.
For details and status updates, visit www.mtr.com.hk
We contacted the Luohu Port at 9:30 this morning. They said their port is open to cross and according to the MTR website the Lok Ma Chau station is operational.
If you need to travel to or from Hong Kong, here are some useful phone numbers and websites to check for updates:
Hong Kong MTR: www.mtr.com.hk +852 2881 8888
Hong Kong International Airport: www.hongkongairport.com/en/
+852 2181 8888
Shenzhen Luohu Port: (0755) 8232 4022
Until the MTR services return to normal, using the Huanggang Port, Shenzhen Bay Port, or the Shekou Ferry may be the safer options. Click here for Shekou Ferry schedules and resources.
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