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Old March 6th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #2281
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Viaduct plan an option for new MTR line Stretch of South Island Line may be designed to offer scenic views
29 February 2008
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corporation has proposed building a viaduct for part of the South Island Line (East) to allow tourists to enjoy scenic views of the Southern District.

Presenting initial planning for construction of the railway line, the senior co-ordinating engineer, Tang Pak-hung, said that since tourism was a major part of the district, building a viaduct for the segment between the Aberdeen Tunnel Toll Plaza and the Ap Lei Chau residential development was a preferred option.

"The view along the South Island Line is magnificent, and it will be a good experience for visitors to Hong Kong to get a glimpse of this scenic vista when they are taking an MTR ride," Mr Tang told Southern District councillors.

Another option was to build an tunnel to connect the toll plaza and Ap Lei Chau - with stops for Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang and Lei Tung in between. A bridge will be constructed between Ap Lei Chau and Wong Chuk Hang alongside the existing Ap Lei Chau Bridge.

"If the underground option is chosen, tourists heading to Southern District from Admiralty will miss the chance to enjoy the beautiful overview of the district," Mr Tang said.

The company yesterday also revealed its initial planning for the location of stations and exits for the four stops along the South Island Line (East), which will begin at Admiralty.

It proposes that an exit for Ocean Park would be put at the former site of the Hong Kong School of Motoring. Three exits would be provided for Lei Tung - at Yue On Estate, near Main Street Ap Lei Chau and at Lei Tung Estate. Two exits are planned for Wong Chuk Hang - in Heung Yip Road near Police School Road and another near Nam Long Shan Road.

Two exits are proposed for South Horizons, both along South Horizons Drive.

Mr Tang said consultations would be conducted next month and in April to collect the opinions of residents who lived along the line.

"We will seek their views on train stations, location of exits for all train stops and the method of construction," he said.

"The opinions collected will be used for our reference and consideration."

The first consultation will be held on March 10 at South Horizons.

The rail company plans to invite tenders for the project in 2010 and start construction in 2011. It will complete the project in 2015, according to the proposed timetable.

District councillor Chai Man-hon said the MTR Corp should not wait until 2015 to complete the rail extension because hotel projects at Ocean Park would be completed in 2011.

"Many more tourists will come to Southern District and it is important that we have timely traffic measures for the increasing number of visitors," he said.

District councillor Tsui Yuen-wa said he was disappointed there were no detailed plans for bridges connecting Wong Chuk Hang station and nearby residential areas and hotels. District councillor Fung Wai-kwong expressed concern that the project would cause noise problems for South Horizons residents because the proposed exits were close to residential areas.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 08:24 AM   #2282
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That would be great actually =D
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Old March 11th, 2008, 04:54 AM   #2283
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Proposed Stations' Access Points for SIL:

South Horizon - 2 Access Points
(South Horizon by Blk 2 and Ap Lei Chau Est near Lei Yee Hse/Market)


Lei Tung - 3 Access Points (Ap Lei Chau Main Street near Hing Fat Street, Yue On Court at Centre court & Lei Tung Estate near Tung Sing Hse.)


Wong Chuk Hang - 2 Access Points (Near Nam Long Shan Road and west of Police School Road)


Ocean Park - 1 Main Station (In front of existing Ocean Park Entrance)


More details can be seen at:
http://mtr.com.hk/eng/projects/futur..._proposal.html
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Old March 11th, 2008, 01:28 PM   #2284
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41 years of planning finally approved!

Gov't Press Release:
Green light for Shatin to Central Link and Kwun Tong Line Extension

MTR Press Release:
MTR Corporation welcomes Government's decision on Shatin to Central Link and Kwun Tong Line Extension
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Old March 11th, 2008, 01:42 PM   #2285
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Green light for Shatin to Central Link and Kwun Tong Line Extension
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The Executive Council has approved the further planning of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) and the Kwun Tong Line Extension by the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL).

A Government spokesman said today (March 11) that the 17-kilometre SCL will have nine stations, namely, Tai Wai, Diamond Hill, Kai Tak, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Homantin, Hung Hom, Exhibition and Admiralty.

It will serve a residential population of 300,000 and working population of 280,000, connecting the Northeast New Territories and Hong Kong Island via South East Kowloon.

The SCL will link up several existing railway lines, creating two distinctive east-west and north-south railway corridors. From east to west, it will connect the Ma On Shan Line, the Kowloon Southern Link and the West Rail Line, allowing commuters to travel in a direct line from Ma On Shan to Tuen Mun.

The north-south corridor will be formed by extending the existing East Rail Line across the harbour, which will allow passengers to travel from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau to the heart of Hong Kong Island without having to switch trains.

“The SCL will also provide interchanges with other railway lines. Six of the nine SCL stations - Tai Wai, Diamond Hill, Homantin, Hung Hom, Exhibition and Admiralty - will provide passengers with either an inter-platform or inter-level interchange for other lines,” the spokesman said.

“Among them, Tai Wai and Admiralty will be the two key interchange stations. The former is where the Ma On Shan Line, East Rail Line and SCL will converge whereas the latter will allow SCL passengers to change trains for the Tsuen Wan Line, the Island Line and the future South Island Line.”

The SCL can effectively redistribute the passenger flow and hence relieve pressure on the existing railway lines in urban Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island. It will also help relieve the reliance on road-based public transport and thus alleviate traffic congestion and environmental nuisance on existing road networks.

It is estimated that the SCL will carry about one million passengers per day in 2021 and generate an annual economic benefit of $4 billion in terms of travel time saving.

“The project will provide essential support for the proposed new commercial and residential developments as well as leisure facilities planned at Kai Tak, including the Multi-purpose Stadium Complex and the Metro Park,” the spokesman said.

“Old districts such as To Kwa Wan and Kowloon City are expected to see a surge of redevelopment opportunities with the improved public transport infrastructure.”

The new railway will create 11,000 jobs during construction and another 9,600 during its operation.

The train depot for the SCL will be built at Diamond Hill, for which an environmental impact assessment will be conducted and suitable mitigation measures adopted to minimise its impact on the surroundings.

The spokesman pointed out that as it is technically difficult and unsafe to build a station at Tsz Wan Shan, the Government will consider increasing pedestrian facilities and review the minibus services to improve transport services and connectivity with the SCL.

In the light of future railway service demands, and in consideration of the interfaces between the SCL and the various development plans and infrastructure projects along its alignment, the Government intends to have the SCL completed in phases, with the Tai Wai to Hung Hom section by 2015 and the cross harbour section by 2019.

After careful consideration of both the operational and financial implications, the Government has decided to adopt a concession approach to fund the estimated construction cost of $37.4 billion. Upon completion, the MTRCL will be granted a service concession for the subsequent operation and pay the Government annually for the concession.

Apart from the SCL, the Government will also implement the Kwun Tong Line Extension to provide a railway service for the Whampoa area. The scheme will involve an extension of the existing Kwun Tong Line from Yau Ma Tei Station to Whampoa with an intermediate station at Homantin, scheduled for completion by 2015.

The extension will serve the 140,000 people living in Whampoa and Homantin with an estimated daily patronage of 180,000 in 2016.

“With this extension, passengers from Whampoa will be able to reach Mong Kok in five minutes, compared with 25 minutes by road-based transport during today’s rush hour. Furthermore, Homantin Station will be an integrated interchange station, which will allow passengers to change from there to other stations,” the spokesman said.

The Kwun Tong Line Extension will be implemented as an MTR project under an ownership approach. The Government will discuss with the MTRCL how the funding gap of $2.2 billion should be bridged.

The Government will further consult the public on both projects in order to formulate a first-rate and efficient railway scheme that will best serve Hong Kong.

Works for both projects are expected to start in 2010.

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Old March 11th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #2286
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Profit of the MTR reaches high.

MTR Press Release:
Announcement of Audited Results for the year ended 31 December 2007

Net Profit: HK$ 15.18 Billion (US$ 1.95 Billion)(1 Billion = 10^10 and US$1= HK$7.8)
Dividend: HK$ 0.31 (US$0.04)
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Old March 11th, 2008, 02:33 PM   #2287
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Old March 12th, 2008, 02:39 AM   #2288
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Profit of the MTR reaches high.

MTR Press Release:
Announcement of Audited Results for the year ended 31 December 2007

Net Profit: HK$ 15.18 Billion (US$ 1.95 Billion)(1 Billion = 10^10 and US$1= HK$7.8)
Dividend: HK$ 0.31 (US$0.04)
Makes other metros around the world look like crap...That's why MTRC should buy out other metros one day...lol

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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:34 AM   #2289
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Even more extention of MTR with so much profit going on i'm not surprised i wouldn't travel through hong kong any other way since its so convenient and well maintained
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Old March 14th, 2008, 02:11 AM   #2290
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So they are building a new station adjacent to the current Hung Hom station for SCL?
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Old March 14th, 2008, 04:19 AM   #2291
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Makes other metros around the world look like crap..."
I agree. The MTR is ridiculously profitable. $2B is an insane amount... rivaling major banking institutions. While many metros -- especially in North America crumble and fall apart. The MTR is flush with cash and their system is already top notch. Cities around the world should look at the MTR as a model for developing an excellent system with great service.
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Old March 14th, 2008, 05:34 AM   #2292
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Ironically, the way to make more money is to spend a lot more building, then let the property developers feast. Quite a non-intuitive way to score a profit.
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Old March 14th, 2008, 06:03 AM   #2293
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Passengers feel the crush after fare reductions
10 March 2008
South China Morning Post

The MTR's Admiralty station has always been packed during evening peak hours, but passengers say it is more so now.

"In the past, you could almost always get into the train at the two ends of the platform, but now you must wait there for at least one more train, and sometimes even two trains," said Peter Chong, who takes the MTR to Mong Kok most days from his Central office.

Mr Chong said he has been using the MTR more since it reduced fares in December, when it merged with the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation.

Causeway Bay office worker Fiona Chan shared his feelings. "The Tsuen Wan-bound platform of the Admiralty station is so stuffy during the peak hour that sometimes I feel like I will faint." She said she had seen people's fingers get caught in the closing doors while struggling to squeeze in.

An MTR spokesman said the control room despatched extra trains when necessary to disperse queues, although train frequency during evening peak hours was close to the maximum of one every 2.1 minutes.

As passengers jam the railways, average daily patronage of the three bus companies - Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus - all edged downwards by between 0.8 and 3.2 per cent in December compared with one year earlier, Transport Department figures show.

Similar trends were also observed on cross-harbour bus routes. Traffic analyst Hung Wing-tat said it would be unlikely that KMB - which applied for a 9 per cent fare rise - would impose a big increase on the most profitable cross-harbour routes.

Red-minibus operators have also lost an average of 25,300 passengers a day since the merger, according to Transport Department figures. But Ling Chi-keung, an operator of routes between city centres and remote areas - those that should have been hit the hardest by the merger - said he had not heard any complaints about bad business.

Au-yeung Ming, a Hong Kong Island minibus operator, said the impact of the railway merger might not be direct. "The bus companies could have realigned their routes in response to the railway merger, like deploying more buses to a certain route, and that in turn would affect our business."
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I can't imagine what will happen at Admiralty when SIL is in service.
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Why don't they just send empty trains to admiralty?
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MTR Press Release:
Tunnel boring works of the MTR Kowloon Southern Link successfully completed
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MTR Press Release:
New Fare Saver at Panda Place

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Wow, I've never heard of Panda Place before.

congrats on ur 2000th post!
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Old March 28th, 2008, 07:53 AM   #2299
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Wow, I've never heard of Panda Place before.
Actually it is a basement shopping mall inside the Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan. It was originally owned by Yaohan.
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Actually it is a basement shopping mall inside the Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan. It was originally owned by Yaohan.
Ah, I thought as much, I actually passed by the Panda hotel on our way to the airport.

But I didn't know it was owned by Yaohan.
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