By: Central News Agency
Rail traffic was affected by a strong earthquake that struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, with Taiwan High Speed Rail canceling part of its service in the morning. Trains operated by the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will continue to run as usual.
Taiwan High Speed Rail urged their customers planning to travel to destinations south of Taichung to delay their journeys.
All high-speed trains scheduled to depart from Zuoying Station, Kaohsiung before 9 a.m. were canceled while tracks were being inspected for safety, the company said. The service between Taipei and Taichung would run as usual with a few exceptions.
The cancellations are expected to cause a major headache for those who had been planning to go home for an extended nine-day Chinese New Year holiday beginning Saturday.
TRA said its trains will run as usual after the speed of its first train after the 3.57 a.m. earthquake was reduced to 30 kilometers per hour to test the condition of the railway tracks.