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Old September 25th, 2004, 07:06 PM   #221
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To meet the growing demand for domestic and cross-boundary passenger rail services, KCRC is moving ahead with three East Rail Extension lines - Ma On Shan Rail , Tsim Sha Tsui Extension and Lok Ma Chau Spur Line.

The three extensions are crucial to the further development of East Rail as the north-south strategic railway corridor in Hong Kong, complemented by West Rail as the east-west corridor.

On 26 May 2000, the Finance Committee announced the approval of a HK$8 billion equity injection from the Government to Ma On Shan and Tsim Sha Tsui Extensions. The combined capital cost of these three projects at money of the day is HK$27.5 billion.

Ma On Shan Rail and the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension are due for completion by 2004, while the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line is targeted for completion in 2007.

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Old September 25th, 2004, 07:09 PM   #222
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and the railway overall in plan (excluding light rail)
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Old September 26th, 2004, 07:49 AM   #223
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Hong Kong Station

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Old September 26th, 2004, 12:13 PM   #224
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Future lines (completion years might change):

MTR:
2005~Disneyland Line
2009~West Island Line & South Island Line
2010~Kwun Tong Line Ext.
2016~North Island Line

KCR:
2004~Tsim Sha Tsui Ext. & Ma On Shan Ext.
2007~Lok Ma Chau Spur
2008~Kowloon Southern Link
2010~Sha Tin - Central Link
2011~Northern Link & Regional Express Line
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Old September 26th, 2004, 09:55 PM   #225
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I'm not crazy about some of the stations' color schemes. I mean, lime green? And bright yellow? Bleeecht.
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Old September 27th, 2004, 02:32 PM   #226
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the color sheme is supposed to match the line colour...
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Old September 27th, 2004, 05:18 PM   #227
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Old September 29th, 2004, 12:08 AM   #228
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Hong Kong KCR Suburban Railway

Introduction

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation is a public corporation charged with the task of operating and developing domestic, cross-boundary and intercity railway services.

The Corporation currently provides three domestic passenger rail services: East Rail, a suburban mass transit service operating between Hung Hom and the boundary at Lo Wu; West Rail, which opened in December 2003, is a mass transit service running between the North West New Territories and urban Kowloon; and Light Rail, formerly a stand-alone transit service and now also a feeder service for West Rail. All of these networks are supported by feeder buses.

In addition to its domestic service, East Rail operates intercity passenger services to Guangzhou on its own train and provides access for other intercity trains running to and from cities in the Mainland including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing. East Rail also carries freight, mainly to and from the interior of the Mainland. Furthermore, the Corporation develops property projects with joint-venture partners along its railway networks.

To meet the future transport needs of Hong Kong people, KCRC is constructing and planning new railway lines that will more than double the size of its existing network. These are the East Rail Extensions, the Sha Tin to Central Link and the Kowloon Southern Link. Two other projects are in the planning stages - the Northern Link and the Regional Express Line.



Feature - Ma On Shan Railway

KCRC is constructing Ma On Shan Rail to serve the fast growing Ma On Shan new town, whose population is expected to double in the next 20 years. The railway will be built primarily on a viaduct with a small section in the middle running at grade along the central divider of Tate's Cairn Highway. This will minimise land take and disruption to road traffic.

The 11.4 kilometre railway will have a maintenance centre at Tai Wai and nine stations located within easy walking distance of large residential developments.

Construction began on 12 February 2001. When it opens in 2004, Ma On Shan Rail will run a four-car train every 2.5 minutes during peak hours. As demand grows, longer trains of up to eight cars will be deployed at two-minute intervals.

Along with West Rail, Ma On Shan Rail will be one of the quietest railways in the world when it goes into service, as it will make use of the same multi-plenum noise attenuation system.

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Old September 29th, 2004, 01:05 AM   #229
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Great pics, even if you didn't take them. They seem to spend little time getting major construction projects okayed and built in HK. Seeing that the train goes all the way to the border of the SAR and to Shenzhen, do you think that when HK returns to full mainland Chinese control that HK and Shenzhen will become one big city?
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Old September 29th, 2004, 02:00 AM   #230
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It's highly unlikely the border will disappear, since there is still a lot of economic differences between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. However, liberalisation is well under way, such as the new individual travel scheme that lets many Guangdong residents to visit Hong Kong on personal and not tour visas.

Hong Kong is on a major railway-building spree right now. The focus is to concentrate development around railway hubs and have railways be the primary transit backbone.























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Old September 29th, 2004, 04:45 AM   #231
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those pictures need updating!! most of the rail has been liad out already with the overhead wires nearly completed now!
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Old September 29th, 2004, 09:23 AM   #232
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What type of trains will they be using? There seems to be a lot of noise reduction walls along the rail, one bad thing though...less view.
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Old September 29th, 2004, 10:35 AM   #233
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What type of trains will they be using? There seems to be a lot of noise reduction walls along the rail, one bad thing though...less view.
SP-1900. Same as those used in West Rail.
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Old September 29th, 2004, 04:28 PM   #234
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Old September 29th, 2004, 10:00 PM   #235
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These construction photos are not very recent :





















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When is this project going to be completed?
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Old September 30th, 2004, 02:25 AM   #237
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It's highly unlikely the border will disappear, since there is still a lot of economic differences between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
I thought that after fifty years of the SAR treatment that HK will be just another part of mainland China. Do you think that Beijing will still keep it separated in 2047?
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Well, even though the border is a political separation, it actually serves a much broader economic purpose. In fact, the economic differences between Hong Kong and the mainland is a major force behind the present border. However, as the mainland cities in Guangdong province get wealthier and the gap narrows, border restrictions will loosen. As to whether the border will disappear or not in 2047, it's hard to say at this point.

Liberalisation is already taking place. While Hong Kongers have unrestricted access to China, it wasn't until last year that tourist visa restrictions were relaxed for mainlanders. They still need a visa to enter Hong Kong, but it's a lot easier to get one now.

To cope with the increased traffic, a second railway crossing will be built at Lok Ma Chau, which is west of the present Lo Wu railway terminus. Hong Kong commuter trains stop right at the Lo Wu checkpoint while through-trains to Guangzhou and Beijing continue heading north from this point.
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another differnence is that hk is democratic and mainland is communist, but it is likey that china will be captalist soon!
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another differnence is that hk is democratic and mainland is communist, but it is likey that china will be captalist soon!
Hong Kong wasn't democratic under the British and it isn't democratic under Beijing!
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