CE to launch MTR inquiry

June 12, 2018

Chief Executive Carrie Lam plans to appoint a former Court of Final Appeal judge to head an inquiry into construction problems with the Hung Hom Station platform of the Shatin to Central Link project.


Speaking to reporters before attending today's Executive Council meeting, Mrs Lam said the issue has attracted widespread concern and is a matter of public safety.


The independent and comprehensive investigation will examine the causes and assess the extent of the problems, she said.


It will also review the Mass Transit Railway Corporation's works supervision system as well as the mechanism which the Government uses to monitor and control such works to make recommendations to safeguard the quality of works and safety.


Former Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal Justice Michael Hartmann will head the inquiry once approved by the Chief Executive in Council.


Mrs Lam said: "Justice Hartmann was the Chairman of the Independent Expert Panel set up by the Government in 2014 to review the project delay relating to the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, and is hence well versed in railway-related matters in Hong Kong.


"We hope that the commission can submit its report in about six months' time after its commencement of work, so that the truth can be unveiled as soon as possible."

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