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THSRC to brief high speed rail bureau on signal problems

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Bureau of High Speed Rail Director General Chu Hsu (朱旭) said yesterday that Taiwan High Speed Rail Co (THSRC) has been asked to quickly deal with track switching problems in the wake of 21 signal malfunctions in the past two years.

“The problem has happened too many times and this is unacceptable,” Chu said. “They should quickly determine the cause and improve the way they respond to the problem.”

Chu’s remarks came after THSRC’s control center failed to detect a track switch signal in a section of track in Miaoli on Saturday, forcing the cancelation of five THSRC trains and delays for 20 more. The same problem occurred yesterday in Yunlin, forcing the cancellation of seven northbound and southbound trains.

Chu said the company was to brief the bureau this week on how it handled track switch problems in the past, including maintenance records and procedures taken by the control center to deploy the trains.

The company must also provide the signal malfunction rates for the same track switch used in other countries so the bureau can determine if the malfunction rates in Taiwan are unreasonably high.

Chu said the high speed rail has seven to eight track switches installed in each railway switching point, with each track switch equipped with more than one detector. The entire set goes out of order if one of them breaks down, he said.

“No system is malfunction-proof, but if the same problem occurs over and over again, they [THSRC] have to find ways to eliminate it,” he said.

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