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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 17:28
Govt assures light rail platform safe
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Thursday, July 12, 2018, 17:28 By chinadailyasia.com

This photo dated Sept 27, 2017 shows a Light Rail train running in Yuen Long, Hong Kong. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG - The structure of the facilities and operation of the Light Rail Tin Wing Stop are safe, the government said in a press release on Thursday.

In response to media inquiries on the settlement of the stop's platform, the government noted that it has always accorded top priority to railway safety and has put in place a stringent regulatory system.

The MTR Corporation has notified the Buildings Department of the case, and the latter confirmed structural safety has not been affected

Government departments and the Mass Transit Railway Corporation have stringent mechanisms requiring contractors to regularly monitor the effect of construction works to railway structures nearby and to submit reports.

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At present, there are two cases of works suspension. One concerns the viaduct piers of Yuen Long Station on the West Rail Line while the other is for the Light Rail Tin Wing Stop platform. 

For the Tin Wing Stop, the corporation has notified the Buildings Department of the case, and the latter confirmed structural safety has not been affected.

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department has also reviewed the corporation's rail monitoring data and confirmed the rail's condition has not been affected and the concerned tracks comply with safety standards and are running normally.

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The departments will monitor the situation to ensure safety.

The corporation and government departments took action once they were informed of the monitoring results, showing the monitoring mechanisms are effective. 

In response to public concern, government departments are reviewing the communication and information dissemination arrangements for similar incidents with the corporation to enhance transparency.

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