The MTR Corporation has confirmed that it received complaints from Yuen Long residents after they felt vibrations and found cracks in their homes, in areas where the upcoming high-speed rail link is passing through. An independent investigation will be conducted by a third-party claims adjuster.

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link passes through the area via an underground tunnel. A resident in Wai Tsai Tsuen told Ming Pao that cracks found in the space outside her house five years ago have become longer and wider.

A train of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. Photo: GovHK.

She said her livelihood had been affected by the vibrations and noise caused by the rail system’s trial runs. She added that MTRC staff members visited her and conducted tests, but she did not receive a positive answer about the source of the disruption.

There were also complaints from residents from Yau Tam Mei Tsuen and Maple Garden in Yuen Long.

In response, the MTRC said it has received complaints from Maple Garden and Wai Tsai Tsuen residents. It said it has sent staff members to residents’ meeting hosted by the two areas on May 2 and May 26 respectively to listen to their opinions.

The MTRC said examinations of the vibrations have been conducted since mid-May around the areas concerned, with the approval from residents. It said it will look into relevant measures once adequate information is collected.

It said it was also arranging for the installation of monitors on nearby walls.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.