Press Room










20 Mar 2019
Media Replies
We refer to Ms Claire Huang’s article (Safety under spotlight after trains collide in Hong Kong, 18 March 2019). The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is concerned and we are closely monitoring Hong Kong MTR’s investigations into the collision of two Tsuen Wan line trains on 18 March 2019. Initial reports indicate that the issue is linked to a software problem with the Tsuen Wan line’s new signalling system during the testing phase. For more details, please refer to the attached reply.
5 Oct 2018
News Releases
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT have commenced works to renew and enhance the North-South and East-West Lines’ (NSEWL) power supply system. We expect this phase of works to complete in the early 2020s. For more information, please refer to the attached news release.

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24 Apr 2018
News Releases
The Land Transport Authority (LTA) and SMRT will conduct trials of the new Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling system during East-West Line (EWL) passenger service hours on five Sundays from 29 April 2018 to 27 May 2018. For more information, please refer to the joint news release attached.
15 Nov 2017
News Releases
This morning at about 8.18am, a train heading in the direction of Tuas Link Station stopped at Joo Koon Station to detrain passengers due to an anomaly in the train signalling system. At 8.19am, a second train stopped 10.7 metres behind the first stationary train. This is in accordance with the safety protocol of the signalling system protection that ensures safe stopping distance between two trains. At 8.20am, after detrainment, the first train’s doors closed and before this train could move off, the second train, activated by the signalling system, moved towards the first train and hit it. Thales, LTA and SMRT are investigating the incident. For more information, please refer to the attached joint statement.
14 Jul 2017
News Releases
A software update will be installed on the new signalling system on the North-South Line (NSL) after passenger service hours this Friday, 14 July. This update is to further fine-tune the ongoing testing by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), SMRT, and system supplier Thales to stabilise the system after having undergone full-day testing since 29 May 2017. For more information, please refer to the attached news release.
27 Jun 2017
News Releases
Attached is an LTA-SMRT joint media release which serves as an update since full-day weekday trials for the new signalling system began on the NSL on 29 May 2017. In the coming weeks, we will continue to conduct intensive performance checks and deploy new software to improve the system. For more information, please refer to the attached news release.
12 Jun 2017
Media Replies
We thank Mr Timothy Lee for his letter “MRT signalling tests: Better answers needed” (8 June). During both incidents that occurred on 1 and 2 June, SMRT Trains deployed about 700 additional staff to assist commuters and to manage the crowd at stations. We acknowledge that more could have been done to manage the crowds and inform commuters of the additional travel time, and will strive to improve. For more details, please refer to the attached reply.

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