Hong Kong protests: University station to reopen, MTR Corporation announces

Hong Kong protests: University station to reopen, MTR Corporation announces

The station was a target for anti-government demonstrations and closed down in November

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During unrest in November at University station, glass was shattered, communication facilities were destroyed and equipment was taken from the control room.
Photo: SCMP/ Felix Wong

A train station that was a target of anti-government protests and subsequently closed will reopen on Saturday, the MTR announced.

But University station in Sha Tin will still have limited services, with some exits and display screens out of action, as MTR staff need more time to return the East Rail line stop to normal.

The line, running between Hung Hom and border terminals at Lok Ma Chau and Lo Wu, is a key artery connecting Kowloon with the northern New Territories.

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The rail firm said last month that University station was so badly damaged that the restoration was no different to rebuilding it. During clashes between police and protesters on the nearby Chinese University campus in November, glass was shattered, communication facilities were destroyed, equipment was taken from the control room, and ticketing machines and turnstiles were trashed.

On Friday, MTR Corp deputy operations director Tony Lee Kar-yun said one of the station’s four exits, exit D, would remain closed on Saturday, while only some of the turnstiles at other exits would be available.
 
Chief of Operations Sammy Wong said that, during peak hours, staff would use a small Octopus card reader to take payments from passengers at those exits.
 
 
Platform screens displaying train destinations would remain unavailable, Lee said, meaning staff would hold signs instead.
 
He said about 200 technicians had conducted the repair work over the previous weeks.
 
The station closed in early November, after falling victim to vandalism and arson attacks during major clashes between protesters and police at the Chinese University campus, which ran for days.

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