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Old November 18th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #2481
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Hong Kong's MTR orders 10 trains from mainland manufacturer for 1.1 bln hkd
17 November 2008

HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp said it has ordered 10 trains from Changchun Railway Vehicles Co for delivery in 2011 and 2012, the first time it has purchased rolling stock from a mainland China manufacturer. The company, which operates Hong Kong's subway and commuter rail systems, did not reveal the value of the deal. However, China's official Xinhua News agency said the contract is worth 1.1 bln hkd. MTR said the new trains will allow for increased frequency to meet traffic growth on the Island, Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan and Tseung Kwan O subway lines.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:41 AM   #2482
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Hope they turn out better-looking than the clone trains with laboratory-white interiors that are all over the mainland subways. Then again, when each car costs the same HK$14 million as with the Rotem stock, they probably will look more upscale.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 04:25 AM   #2484
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Hope they turn out better-looking than the clone trains with laboratory-white interiors that are all over the mainland subways. Then again, when each car costs the same HK$14 million as with the Rotem stock, they probably will look more upscale.
I would think that MTR's standard is higher than the Mainland's.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 06:03 AM   #2485
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Lawmakers decry failure to provide underpass link
22 November 2008
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Although the Kowloon Southern Link to open next year connects East Rail to West Rail, the new station at Austin Road fails to provide direct and convenient passage to the Airport Express and Canton Road.

The MTR Corporation confirmed there was no plan for an underpass to link the new Austin station to Canton Road and the Hong Kong-Macau ferry pier at China Hong Kong City.

Commuters at East Rail station going to the airport by railway would have to make a transit at Hung Hom station and then carry their luggage up a footbridge and walk to the Kowloon station of the Airport Express.

Lawmakers said this was totally unacceptable. "I don't know if you think Hong Kong people would accept this kind of transit arrangement. I can tell you no one will take this route, especially when it is such a long footbridge," the Civic Party's Ronny Tong Ka-wah said.

Lau Kong-wah, vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it was impossible for luggage-laden West Rail passengers to walk from Austin Road to the China Hong Kong City pier at Canton Road on the ground because there was no proper pedestrian path.

"KCRC promised to build a web of underpasses between Austin station and Canton Road, but when the [MTR Corp] took over KCRC's project you refused to fulfil its promise."

The 3.8km extension connects West Rail's Nam Cheong station to East Rail's East Tsim Sha Tsui station. The KCRC, the link's original planner, had wanted to build a station at the Harbour City shopping complex, but it was moved to Austin Road after negotiations with mall owner Wharf (Holdings) fell through.

MTR Corp senior manager for projects and property communications Maggie So Man-kit said the MTR Corp would follow up on the issue to see if anyone had "overlooked" any promise made previously.

She said the underpass was never part of the blueprint when the MTR Corp took over the project from the KCRC after the merger last December. But there would be an underpass network connecting East Tsim Sha Tsui station to Canton Road.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #2486
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港鐵故障千五乘客狼狽
23/11/2008
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港 鐵 故 障 停 不 了 ! 繼 上 周 一 東 鐵 線 架 空 電 力 系 統 出 現 故 障 後 , 昨 午 將 軍 澳 線 及 東 鐵線 分 別 發 生 故 障 , 其 中 將 軍 澳 站 至 寶 琳 站 因 訊 號 故 障 , 一 度 暫 停 服 務 四 十 五 分 鐘 ,逾 千 五 名 乘 客 受 影 響 , 有 乘 客 被 困 車 廂 廿 分 鐘 , 有 人 指 責 港 鐵 指 示 不 清 , 累 他 東 奔西 撲 。 此 外 , 東 鐵 線 一 班 前 往 落 馬 洲 的 列 車 昨 午 壞 車 , 服 務 延 誤 約 十 分 鐘 。

昨 午 三 時 , 將 軍 澳 線 來 回 將 軍 澳 站 及 寶 琳 站 的 列 車 服 務 突 然 暫 停 , 當 時 四 班 列 車 尚未 埋 站 , 七 百 多 名 乘 客 被 困 車 廂 , 部 分 乘 客 焦 急 鼓 譟 , 有 人 按 緊 急 掣 求 助 , 平 均 約二 十 分 鐘 後 , 四 班 列 車 始 成 功 進 入 車 站 讓 乘 客 下 車 。

期 間 , 寶 琳 站 大 堂 及 月 台 擠 滿 乘 客 , 不 少 人 抵 達 月 台 後 , 才 發 現 列 車 服 務 暫 停 , 頓時 不 知 所 措 , 部 分 乘 客 索 性 退 票 , 擠 在 票 務 處 前 輪 候 , 其 後 職 員 表 示 乘 客 毋 須 辦 理退 票 , 不 會 收 取 車 資 。 大 批 乘 客 轉 乘 其 他 交 通 工 具 , 的 士 站 及 小 巴 站 大 排 長 龍 。

「 等 五 分 鐘 又 五 分 鐘 」
乘 客 鄭 先 生 炮 轟 「 港 鐵 都 唔 知 點 做 , 又 話 咁 , 又 話 咁 , 搞 到 我 撲 撲 去 」 。 他 表 示 , 在 北 角 站 上 車 後 , 廿 分 鐘 後 才 開 車 , 至 油 塘 站 聽 從 港 鐵 的 廣 播 , 結 果 在 站 內 不 斷 走 上 走 落 , 直 至 列 車 恢 復 正 常 。

楊 小 姐 抱 小 孩 奔 波 轉 車 , 怒 斥 港 鐵 「 既 然 要 成 個 鐘 先 可 恢 復 行 車 , 就 唔 好 講 五 分 鐘 又 五 分 鐘」 ; 另 張 先 生 不 滿 被 困 車 廂 近 半 小 時 , 雖 有 乘 客 按 動 緊 急 掣 , 但 港 鐵 沒 有 清 楚 指 示。

港 鐵 發 言 人 解 釋 , 因 寶 琳 站 訊 號 系 統 電 腦 故 障 , 工 程 人 員 需 以 人 手 調校 訊 號 系 統 設 備 , 然 後 以 人 手 操 控 列 車 駛 入 月 台 , 來 往 將 軍 澳 站 及 寶 琳 站 的 列 車 服務 暫 停 四 十 五 分 鐘 , 來 往 北 角 及 油 塘 的 服 務 維 持 五 分 鐘 一 班 , 期 間 沒 有 安 排 接 駁 巴士 。

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Old November 26th, 2008, 12:32 PM   #2487
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Principle Agreements for Shenyang Metro Lines Project Signed
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Old November 27th, 2008, 05:11 PM   #2488
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港鐵叁與北京地鐵大興線營運項目
27 November 2008

香港 (XFN-ASIA) - 港鐵(66.HK)與北京巿基礎設施投資、及北京首都創業集團合組的北京京港地鐵三方代表, 與北京巿政府全資擁有的北京軌道交通大興線投資, 就北京地鐵大興線的營運及維修項目, 簽署了諒解備忘錄, 將進一步洽商, 以特許經營模式營運大興線。

港鐵行政總裁周松崗表示, 希望將港鐵在香港的成功經驗帶到北京大興區。

大興線是北京地鐵四號線的延線, 全長22公里, 共11個車站, 該線路於去年12月動工, 預計2010年通車, 屆時大興新城至西單只需35分鐘。
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27 November 2008

香港 (XFN-ASIA) - 港鐵(66.HK)與北京巿基礎設施投資、及北京首都創業集團合組的北京京港地鐵三方代表, 與北京巿政府全資擁有的北京軌道交通大興線投資, 就北京地鐵大興線的營運及維修項目, 簽署了諒解備忘錄, 將進一步洽商, 以特許經營模式營運大興線。

港鐵行政總裁周松崗表示, 希望將港鐵在香港的成功經驗帶到北京大興區。

大興線是北京地鐵四號線的延線, 全長22公里, 共11個車站, 該線路於去年12月動工, 預計2010年通車, 屆時大興新城至西單只需35分鐘。
Releated English Press Release from MTR:

MOU for Operations of Beijing Daxing Line Signed
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Looks like there is more art in the city these days. They've put up a bunch of children's paintings along the walls that board up the reclamation site at the old Star Ferry. They're probably replicas though.
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兩鐵合併一年 仍見九鐵標誌
鐵路標誌亂旅客陀陀擰

02/12/2008


【本報訊】地鐵及九鐵今日剛好合併一周年,惟港鐵公司去年承諾在合併五星期內,換走所有九鐵標誌,卻一直無法完成,其中尖沙咀區至今仍有大量九鐵標誌的指示牌及路標。港鐵錦田大樓、西鐵車站、輕鐵車廠及站內警告牌,亦留有大量九鐵標誌,令乘客感到混淆。當局並未解釋拖延更換原因,但強調最快要再過兩、三個月才能全面更換。

兩鐵合併前,尖沙咀區內分別有地鐵站及九鐵站,旅遊事務署特別在區內豎立指示牌,運輸署亦在該區的路面及行人隧道路牌上,加入地鐵及九鐵的標誌來提示方向。但合併至今一年,區內指示牌及路牌仍沒有除去九鐵的標誌,令乘客及遊客感到困惑。

以為地鐵標誌是籃球場
馬來西亞旅客李小姐謂,在行人隧道看見地鐵及九鐵標誌,不知道代表鐵路,還以為地鐵標誌代表籃球場。她指現時香港只有一家鐵路公司,應盡快統一標誌。

而輕鐵站內的警告牌亦只簡單貼上港鐵標誌,告示的中、英文內容仍保留「九鐵輕鐵」及「KCR Light Rail」等字眼;港鐵錦田大樓以及鄰近的錦上路站牆身,九鐵標誌仍原封不動;新屯門中心地下的輕鐵車廠入口,亦保留雙紅箭嘴標誌。

旅遊事務署解釋,為配合兩鐵合併,去年十二月起已分階段更換指示標誌,而尖沙咀區屬工程最後一期,預計今年底完成。運輸署表示,尖沙咀中間道一帶行人隧道的九鐵標誌,預計明年三月會完成更換。港鐵發言人稱,主要標誌已更換,未來一、兩個月會完成有關工作。

港府「慢吞吞」考慮不周
立法會議員王國興狠批港府及港鐵做事「慢吞吞」,考慮不周,尤其是尖沙咀是旅遊區,更不可能定為最後更換指示牌的地區。

城大專業進修學院學術統籌宋立功稱,港鐵更換指示牌進度緩慢,真是「莫名其妙」,他說:「咁大間公司,連咁複雜訊號系統都搞得掂,無理由呢手板眼見工夫做唔好。」他又表示,合併後原先兩鐵的管理層需要時間融合,也大大拖慢合併後的行政及管理進度,他建議港鐵需內部重整,重新審視資源分配,否則更多事會表面化,加強管治難度。

兩鐵合併後部分事故
2008/11/22 港鐵將軍澳線訊號故障,服務停頓四十五分鐘,七百名受影響乘客滯留車廂,離開後亦沒有安排接駁巴士,乘客怨聲載道。

2008/11/16 何文田配電站出現故障,令東鐵線列車來往服務受阻,七百五十名乘客受影響,故障估計是配電站的絕緣體「日久失修」,致漏電及短路。

2008/11/12 中環港鐵站升降機發生罕見意外,五名乘客被困在連續三升三降的升降機內達一小時,事後需消防員出動救援。

2008/08/07 港鐵港島線列車於筲箕灣與杏花站之間管道冒煙,一百五十名乘客被困,服務停頓七十分鐘,消防車及救護車趕往救援。

2008/07/17 一名疑有精神病老婦於未有安裝月台幕門的荃灣線葵芳站墮軌,遭列車撞倒及捲入車底,婦人當場死亡。

2007/12/27 東鐵線一段大圍站往尖東方向路軌發現裂紋,列車經過時均要減速,工程人員以兩塊鐵片鎖緊裂紋路軌應急,防止裂紋擴大,港鐵當晚才更換問題部分路軌,並全面進行檢查。
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Does anyone have a recording of the music they play at the MTR stations, especially the Holiday one that they are playing now?
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Human error to blame for electrical fault that delayed commuters for 3 hours, says MTR
13 December 2008
South China Morning Post

Human error caused delays to more than 18,000 commuters for more than three hours on December 8, an MTR investigation has found.

An overhead power cable was damaged, causing train services between Yau Tong and Tiu Keng Leng stations on the Kwun Tong line to be suspended until 11.10pm.

Jacob Kam Chak-pui, head of operations engineering, said each train drew electricity from four overhead cables supported by a manually operated device known as an "isolator". The device, which is always locked in a "closed" state, regulates electrical power among the cables.

But the investigation found that on the night of the incident, the isolator was in an "open" state.

The misplacement caused damage to one of the power cables which triggered the direct current circuit breaker, another power control device, to cut electricity to trains.

Mr Kam said such incidents were rare and staff negligence was to blame. The error had gone unnoticed for one month after the last inspection on November 10.

"This has never happened before throughout the 30 years of operation [of the MTR]," Mr Kam said. "We have [subsequently] checked all the other isolators and found that they are in the proper order. But even if they are left "open", the safety and normal operation of train service would not be affected."

He said the system was designed so trains would immediately stop if damage was detected. He added that improvements would be implemented, including strengthening training, stepping up inspections and putting up notices to remind staff to keep the isolator in a closed position.

Acting head of operations Choi Tak-tsan said more than 18,000 commuters had been affected.

"We mobilised 40 shuttle buses which ran 156 trips to disperse over 8,000 passengers," he said. "We estimated that about 10,000 passengers had their trips delayed."

At 7.23pm on December 8, three trains on the Kwun Tong line, two loaded with passengers, came to a halt between Yau Tong and Lam Tin.

The MTR issued a "red alert" at 7.30pm, a signal to indicate that a serious disruption has continued or is expected to continue for more than 20 minutes. Power resumed 10 minutes after it was cut, and the first two trains left, leaving the third stranded at Yau Tong station. About 300 passengers were stuck on the train until 7.57pm when arrangements were made for them to disembark.

The vacated train started to move four minutes later, but was halted by another power failure. About 18 minutes later, a maintenance crew discovered that a power cable was damaged 10 metres from Yau Tong station. The MTR issued another red alert informing the public that Kwun Tong line services between Kwun Tong and Tiu Keng Leng stations would be suspended, and the emergency shuttle bus was activated.
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Old December 16th, 2008, 05:51 AM   #2497
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10-year-old Airport Express to get a facelift
16 December 2008
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The MTR Corporation will spend HK$27 million to give the 10-year-old Airport Express a facelift, with new seat covers and carpets.

And four stations along the Tung Chung line will be renovated, with Tsing Yi seeing one of the largest overhauls, MTR chief architect Wilfred Yeung Sze-wai said yesterday.

Two more passages will be added to connect Tung Chung line platforms to Maritime Square, the largest shopping mall in Tsing Yi. By the end of next year, passengers will be able to enter the station directly from the second and third floors of the mall.

The project in Tsing Yi would cost "tens of millions" of dollars, Mr Yeung said at a press conference, declining to reveal the exact amount.

The grey seat covers of the airport trains will be replaced with purple and green ones, with indigo carpets.

The renovation announcement comes as the Tung Chung line and the Airport Express have been in operation for 10 years.

Mr Yeung said shops would be rearranged and redecorated at Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tung Chung stations to match the style of their respective shopping malls.

Some stations along the Tung Chung line attract few visitors, but Mr Yeung did not express concern over the shops.

"This is a business decision," he said. "If the station did not have enough customer flow, we would not add new shops."

The makeover project will be carried out in phases and is expected to finish by the beginning of 2010.

Mr Yeung said the company had no plans to increase the frequency of trains on the Tung Chung line, which can run at 10-minute intervals during non-peak hours.

"We have already strengthened the Tung Chung line service," he said. "The current frequency is able to handle the passenger flow."

The MTR is also not planning to connect Kowloon station with its neighbour Austin station, a stop on the extended West Rail line that is to open next year.

"If people want to change between West Rail and the Tung Chung line, they can do it in Nam Cheong," Mr Yeung said. "They do not need to use Austin station."
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Old December 17th, 2008, 03:36 AM   #2498
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10-year-old Airport Express to get a facelift
16 December 2008
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corporation will spend HK$27 million to give the 10-year-old Airport Express a facelift, with new seat covers and carpets.
And four stations along the Tung Chung line will be renovated, with Tsing Yi seeing one of the largest overhauls, MTR chief architect Wilfred Yeung Sze-wai said yesterday.
10 years and a face lift already? Kind of a little wasteful isn't it? Might as well spend it towards new bathrooms.
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10 years and a face lift already? Kind of a little wasteful isn't it? Might as well spend it towards new bathrooms.
I took it once a few months ago. But the interior was really not as nice as it used to be in the first few years of service. The trains have been really deteriorated after ten years. It isn't offering the quality of service for the price you pay beside the high speed travel.

After all, the Airport Express is the second impress image of Hong Kong. A face lift is needed for imaging, more than operational.
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I do agree 10 years is quite soon. Usually train sets can last 20-30 years before a major overhaul is needed. The interiors aren't falling apart though. The upholstery still seems quite good and I've never seen broken seats or luggage compartments.
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