Air­port metro to de­lay un­til March 2016, says BHSR

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Taipei- Taoyuan air­port metro line will be un­able to open its ser­vices to the public un­til at least March 2016 be­cause of tech­ni­cal prob­lems and con­struc­tion de­lays, trans­port author­i­ties an­nounced yesterday.

The Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) said the metro sys­tem can­not be­gin op­er­a­tion by the end of this year as pre­vi­ously promised be­cause it has yet to achieve the level of sta­bil­ity re­quired, and over­all con­struc­tion has been three and a half months be­hind sched­ule.

The BHSR said it has reached a con­sen­sus with the Taoyuan gov­ern­ment that the goal now is to be­gin oper­a­tions for the new metro line as soon as March next year.

The com­ple­tion of the much an­tic­i­pated metro sys­tem link­ing Taipei and Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port has pre­vi­ously seen mul­ti­ple de­lays since con­struc­tion be­gan in 2006.

Ac­cord­ing to the BHSR, the sys­tem has re­ceived ap­proval in test­ing for 42 items, but it has not reached the re­quired stan­dard of 97.5 per­cent in over­all sta­bil­ity.

The sta­bil­ity level for trains run­ning be­tween the Linkou and Zhongli sta­tions has reached the re­quired stan­dard, but there will be a de­lay of more than five min­utes for trains run­ning be­tween the Taipei and Zhongli the bureau said.

Sta­bil­ity test­ing for the sys­tem has found prob­lems such as trains dis­patched from Taipei were mis­guided to the wrong tracks; wire­less sig­nals were cut off re­sult­ing in emer­gency brak­ing of the trains; and there were prob­lems with the soft­ware up­grades for the sig­nal­ing sys­tem.

Apart from the sta­bil­ity prob­lems, the sys­tem was also hit by an ac­ci­dent on Aug. 17 dur­ing which a work ve­hi­cle de­railed be­cause of sig­nal com­pat­i­bil­ity prob­lem. A 10-me­ter sec­tion of the track was dam­aged in the ac­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral News Agency.


The BHSR said the con­trac­tor has to be blamed for the sta­bil­ity prob­lem, and will have to pay dam­ages for the de­lay. Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract, the con­trac­tor will have to pay NT$12 mil­lion for ev­ery sin­gle day of de­lay and the max­i­mum will be NT$2.5 bil­lion, plus dam­ages for other losses.

The metro sys­tem will of­fer two kinds of train ser­vices: one run­ning from Taipei to the air­port with­out stop­ping, and the other stop­ping at all sta­tions along the line. The for­mer will take 35 min­utes, and the lat­ter 70.

The BHSR said the trains will be dis­patched at an in­ter­val of six min­utes dur­ing ini­tial ser­vices.

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