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Old August 3rd, 2009, 05:10 PM   #2701
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It looks like from LOHAS Park are trains towards North Point but ultimately end at Po Lam, probably to keep the "trunk" line frequency prior the addition of the spur line.
The reason this announcement is played is not because the trains from LOHAS Park run to Po Lam, but so that passengers who have boarded the wrong train can change to the correct trains for Hang Hau and Po Lam at Tseung Kwan O Station. The trains on the new branch line only run as a shuttle service back and forth between LOHAS Park and Tiu Keng Leng outside peak hours, otherwise they run between LOHAS Park and North Point.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 06:41 PM   #2702
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 10:41 PM   #2703
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I'm wondering if the MTR ever considered extending the Kwun Tong Line all the way to LOHAS Park (meaning 3 interchange stations together at Yau Tong, Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O), instead of having a spur from the Tseung Kwan O Line, years before building it. It would be less confusing for the commuters, and at the same time maintaining the same frequency of the trains. It's still possible to do so now though, if MTR is willing to construct a new island platform beside the existing Tseung Kwan O station for the Kwun Tong line, then joining back the tracks towards LOHAS Park.
I doubt it. In fact, the post Tsuen Wan/Kwun Tong/Island Line, plus occasionally "well done", other times "what crack where they smoking?" new lines and integration with the KCR network has lumbered Hong Kong with an ugly mess. There's a problem when an "interchange" takes longer than going 2~3 stops on any of the lines (Mei Foo-Mei Foo, Central-Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui-East TST) or not building an interchange at all (Kowloon Southern link at Tung Chung line's Olympic... the line runs right next to it!).

If any thing, for the Kwun Tong line, the majority of traffic when heading eastwards is actually cross harbour, so there's the annoyance of an extra change before one gets on to the Island Line (since commuters would be heading for Central-Admiralty-Wan Chai-Causeway Bay).

So, if I look at my own crystal ball, keeping in mind that the Quarry Bay area is being developed as the 3rd HK Island CBD, should there be yet another harbour cross from Whampoa to Fortress Hill... that's perfect to re-assign the Eastern Crossing back to that line and form a circle line where Fortress Hill-North Point-Quarry Bay are cross platform interchanges to the Island Line (and possibly North Island Line).

What should happen to the Tseung Kwun O line in that case? Well... from the HK Govts. Rail Development Study, there was talk of an East-West Kowloon line (Nam Cheong-Mong Kok East or Olympic-Kowloon Bay currently require very long detours... like going to Hong Kong Island from Kwun Tong prior 1989 and the Eastern harbour crossing)... so I would propose the Tseung Kwun O line be aligned to head along the Kowloon side harbour going through Sai Tso Wan/Kwun Tong Ferry Pier (it would be a closer MTR station for Laguna Park), interchange at Ngau Tau Kok, the head west to Mega Box, interchange at revised To Kwa Wan for West Rail/Ma On Shan Rail, possible stop Kowloon City near Boundary Street/Price Edward Road, new stop Yau Yat Tsuen on East Rail, interchange Shek Kip Mei and Sham Shui Po and finally terminate at Nam Cheong and complete the link up with the Tung Chung Line (and West Rail again).

The Eastern section around the Megabox area is a lot of old industrial buildings, where this too is being redeveloped as mixed use commercial... something which I'm sure MTR Property can swindle some money from. The Kowloon peninsula part finally links up five (Tung Chung Line, West Rail, Tsuen Wan Line, East Rail & Ma On Shan Rail) metro/commuter rail lines which serve north-south very well, but fail east-west. Lastly... said alignment also extends nicely to Stone Cutters, which has a nice big green hill ripe for a new town and to serve commuters that work at the container port.

However, obviously this is just too sensible, so MTR shall now stick with white elephant projects and do the HK section of Kowloon-Shenzhen-Guangzhou HSR (will they never learn that putting a terminus in Kowloon... you'll end up wanting to put it in Central?) and the HKG-SZX high speed airport link.



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Have you taken photos of them? I wanna see them, but it's impossible for me since I'm living in Singapore.
I'll try, less hkskyline or Kaitak747 beat me to it... that said, it is just
nice shiny billboard versions of what is on the MTR corporate site:

http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/projects/hk_index.html
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/projects/f...ect_index.html


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Old August 4th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #2704
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Actually, the Kowloon Southern Link runs underneath and off to the side of Olympic station, so it's not possible to build an interchange. However, West Rail does interchange with the Tung Chung Line at Nam Cheong one stop north.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 11:01 AM   #2705
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there is atleast 4 announcement saying that train is not for Po Lam and is for LOHAS Park, im sorry but you would have to be pretty stupid not to realize your on the wrong train
Ah, I see. Pretty true, even with all the announcements people could not listen. They may hear, but hearing is different from listening. We've had that problem in Singapore too when our airport branch was part of the mainline service. And now that it is a shuttle, people still have problems understanding that it doesn't go beyond the interchange station, but that's mostly tourists.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 05:45 PM   #2706
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Old August 5th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #2707
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Nice, will they install PSD soon?
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Nice, will they install PSD soon?
i don't think there is plan to retrofit the east rail platforms for PSD yet.
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Old August 5th, 2009, 06:00 AM   #2709
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Anyone know how long it takes/expensive it is to reconfigure the LED maps on trains?
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Old August 6th, 2009, 07:34 AM   #2710
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Old August 7th, 2009, 01:52 AM   #2711
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So...lemme get something straight...the transit system is cool enough that TVB has a show for it?!?! Or is it paid by MTR?
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Old August 7th, 2009, 06:28 AM   #2712
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Probably a public information service like when the other lines opened - to educate people such a thing exists.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:52 PM   #2713
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Not to mention it's easy filler material on the schedule.
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Old August 8th, 2009, 06:55 PM   #2714
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Tuen Mun/Yuen Long > Hung Hum > Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau > Shenzhen..........
Is the director crazy? That's a ridiculous suggested route.
Why don't I just take the bus/minibus from Tuen Mun/Yuen Long to Lok Ma Chau for Shenzhen, and save the extra hour on the train?
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LOL I was thinking the exact same thing!!!
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Old August 9th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #2717
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Yes - from NW New Territories, there are buses to the Shenzhen Deep Bay Link :

http://www.td.gov.hk/transport_in_ho.../index.htm#1.2

It's an MTR promotion series
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Old August 16th, 2009, 10:48 AM   #2719
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West Rail Line Extended today! (Aug 16, 2009)

Photo Link from HKiTalk from Tsuen Wan West to Austin and Hung Hom, posted by ckayiu531

There's not much problem for its operation expect the defects for the displays in Hung Hom.
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West Rail Line Extended today! (Aug 16, 2009)

Photo Link from HKiTalk from Tsuen Wan West to Austin and Hung Hom, posted by ckayiu531

There's not much problem for its operation expect the defects for the displays in Hung Hom.
So can anyone tell me how long this extension took and its length and cost? Or is this available via Wikipedia? B/c it seemed only a year ago that it started, and its already complete so fast given the extreme density of HK, I find that to be amazing.
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