Taipei--A crack found in a steel rail track on the Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line will not affect ongoing trial runs on the line or delay the scheduled launch of official operations on March 2, the metro system's operator said on Tuesday.
Maintenance and repair workers spotted a 2-5 millimeter crack in a section of track between Linkou and Shanbi stations during a routine check in the early morning of Feb. 18.
The discovery was reported to Taoyuan Metro Corp. shortly after temporary repair measures were undertaken, the company said.
On receiving the report, Taoyuan Metro Corp. subsequently informed the Bureau of High Speed Rail under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which constructed the line, according to the company.
After an assessment of the location and condition of the track, it was determined the fracture would not impact operations on the main line as it was found on a section of maintenance track reserved for emergency stops, the company said.
Since the discovery of the crack, traffic has been directed away from the location and the temporary repairs were checked on Feb.19 and Feb. 20, the company said, adding that there were no safety concerns and trial runs on the line will continue.
In addition, a full inspection of the full length of the Airport MRT line conducted over the past two days found no similar problems, the company said.
The crack will be repaired on Tuesday night, with trial runs and commercial operations remaining on schedule, according to Taoyuan Metro Corp. Chairman Liu Kun-yi (???).
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel