MRT-3 may derail, say inspectors from Hong Kong

"It already did," said Captain Obvious

It’s not like regular passengers don’t live with this fear...but just to make it official, ABS-CBN News reported on Monday that the Hong Kong’s MTR found the MRT-3 to be at risk of train derailment-one that’s worse than the incident in August 2014.


The summary of the report was shared by the Metro Rail Transit Corporation to the House of Representatives. Some of the highlights of the report are:


  • Replacement of defective track section is recommended but it is noticed that there is insufficient stock.
  • The fact that broken rail cases in the past had not led to train derailment should not be taken as an indication that it will not happen in the future. If a rail break occurs despite the speed restriction to 40 kilometers per hour and is unnoticed, the derailment risk would still be considerable.
  • A broken rail is a serious threat to the safe operation of the railway. It can potentially cause train derailment resulting in substantial casualties in a high usage system like MRT-3.


To address these problems, the management has proposed an 18-month rehabilitation plan (to the tune of $97 million) or a more vague "comprehensive rehabilitation and upgrading of the system that includes new stocks."


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