Express rail in final trial run for September start

Express rail in final trial run for September start

The soon-to-begin cross-border express rail service has been in a third phase of trials, with trains traveling from Hong Kong to stations in Guangdong.

Trains have been rolling in preparation for the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link service, which is set to commence in September.

This comes with the MTR Corp Ltd announcing trial runs that began on April 1 are now 70 percent complete.

The first phase was restricted to Hong Kong while the second had trains crossing the border. The third phrase has seen trains pass through Futian Station in Shenzhen and Guangzhou South Station.

Adi Lau Tin-shing, the rail link’s operations director, said different systems – that includes trains, tracks, signals and control centers – must be tested. And staff need to familiarize themselves with various operations.

“Our staff have been conducting tests on various station facilities to identify any issues and make improvements,” he said.

“For example, over 50,000 have been carried out at 75 entry and exit gates at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.”

Lau said the overall countdown takes in 400 drills, and 300 have already been completed.

There will also be large-scale event simulations in the near future. They include evacuations and passenger rescues.

Seven footbridges and two pedestrian subways have now been built in and around West Kowloon Station, which in itself spans 400,000 square meters.

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