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Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:53
East Rail Line services resume after disruptions
By Kathy Zhang
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 12:53 By Kathy Zhang

HONG KONG – East Rail Line services have resumed after disruptions early Wednesday morning by rioters who set fire to a station and threw debris onto the railway tracks. 

MTR Corp said debris, including traffic cones and bicycles, was found on the tracks near University, Sheung Shui and Lo Wu stations early morning. Rioters also set fire to the tracks at University Station

The Mass Transit Railway Corporation, which operates the railway, said debris, including traffic cones and bicycles, was found on the tracks near University, Sheung Shui and Lo Wu stations between 5 am and 7 am. Rioters also set fire to the tracks at University Station. 

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Normal rail services resumed before 9 am after the debris was cleared, the MTR said.

The East Rail Line connects the various densely populated satellite towns in the North District of the New Territories to the urban areas in Kowloon.

During the city’s months-long social unrest stemming from the extradition bill incident, the line was a major target of the city-wide vandalism and its services were disrupted multiples times.

The University Station at the Chinese University of Hong Kong had been severely damaged and was closed from Nov 12 to Dec 21 for repair.

kathyzhang@chinadailyhk.com

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