Hong Kong protests: MTR cancels overnight service for Mid-Autumn Festival

Hong Kong protests: MTR cancels overnight service for Mid-Autumn Festival

The transport network cited safety concerns due to the ongoing protests

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The MTR typically runs its service overnight during the Mid-Autumn Festival, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and the night before Lunar New Year.
Photo: SCMP/ Sam Tsang

The MTR Corporation released a statement on Thursday confirming that it would cancel its usual overnight services during the Mid-Autumn Festival, citing safety concerns.

MTR stations have frequently become sites of violence during the anti-government protests and dozens of stations have been vandalised, with protesters smashing ticketing machines, turnstiles, glassdoors and station control rooms. 

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“Having conducted a risk assessment with relevant government departments in the light of the recent situation, the corporation will maintain normal service hours on the Mid-Autumn Festival, and overnight service will not be provided,” the corporation said. 

It promised to step up the frequency of trains on various lines from 3pm to cope with the anticipated increase in passenger numbers, while special crowd control arrangements would be in place at busy stations.

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