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Old April 29th, 2011, 05:16 PM   #3101
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As usual, the Bombardier JV is conveniently omitted. Still looking forward to the actual product; I heard it's not exactly cheap even though it's manufactured in the mainland.

Edit: Just saw loading photos from Liaoning on another forum. It looks quite good from the outside.
Here is an article in Ming Pao a few days ago about the new train with the price tag.

國產港鐵列車後天抵港
(明報)2011年4月26日 星期二 05:15
【明報專訊】港鐵斥資11億元,向內地訂購的10列共80卡車,首列8卡車將於本周四運抵本港。港鐵表示,該組列車抵港後需接受測試,預計到年底才可投入服務。

內地新華網報道,由中國北車集團長春軌道客車股份有限公司自主研製的1列共8卡地鐵 列車,已於上周六從遼寧營口港起運,預計本周四抵港。該批列車亦是內地企業首度出口香港的地鐵列車。

年內投入服務 可駛40年

製造商去年底曾表示,該公司為港鐵製造的列車,將於2014年通車的西港島線 行駛。但港鐵發言人昨表示,本周抵港的列車,將於今年底前投入服務,但無進一步透露行駛的路線。

製造商指出,該批地鐵列車是不鏽鋼輕量化列車,採用「6動2拖」共8輛編組結構,最高運營時速80公里,強調該批列車的車體強度、噪音控制、防火性能等,均達到世界級水平,可使用40年。新列車車廂將採用22吋彩色液晶體顯示屏,取代現有的電子二極管顯示器,為乘客提供車務資料、新聞資訊等。

防火噪音控制世界級

港鐵於2008年斥資11億元,首次向內地訂購10列新車,平均每卡1360萬元,預計今年至明年間全部付運到港,以加強服務及應付未來西港島線、觀塘線、荃灣 線及將軍澳 線客量增長。港鐵目前沿用的列車主要購自韓國 和英國 ,2002年港鐵前身地鐵斥資9億元向南韓 公司Rotem購入13列共104卡列車,平均每卡860萬元,換言之,該批向內地購買的新車較韓製列車貴59%,約500萬元。

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Old May 18th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #3102
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Protesters rail against MTR fare increases
The Standard
Monday, May 23, 2011

Commuters joined members of the Democratic Party to hand in a petition to MTR Corp urging it to abandon fare increases set for next month.

Fares are due to rise 10-20 HK cents a trip under a system based on the previous year's inflation and wage rates.

Carrying banners, petitioners from Yuen Long, Tin Shui Wai, New Territories East and Kowloon marched from Kowloon Bay station through Telford Plaza to MTRC headquarters chanting slogans about "shameful" action by the company.

There, they covered the MTRC logo with a train bearing a devilish face and horns.

Democratic Party member and protest organizer Wu Chi-wai complained the company made a huge profit last year yet is adding to the financial burden of the masses.

MTRC chief executive Chow Chung-kong announced that the operator had a profit of HK$12 billion last year, up 25 percent on 2009.

"It is unreasonable to raise the fare," said Wu, adding: "Scores of citizens have joined the protest regardless of the bad weather, which means public anger is growing."

The government, which holds 76 percent of the MTRC, should balance interests of shareholders and the grassroots, he added. The Democrats want the company to offer concessions, such as monthly tickets and a HK$2 fare for the elderly to be daily rather than on specific days.

Wu also criticized the government for giving the company two plots of land worth HK$7.88 billion to offset the HK$17.7 billion cost of two new rail projects.

A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said public transport is operated by private organizations "based on business principles so as to provide cost- effective services."

And the government "ensures a reasonable level of fares based on affordability of the public."
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Old May 27th, 2011, 05:30 AM   #3105
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Old May 27th, 2011, 11:00 AM   #3106
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Transport unions want 7pc pay rise
27 May 2011
South China Morning Post

As Hong Kong's 160,000 civil servants move a step closer to securing a pay rise of between 5.15 and 7.24 per cent, workers at Kowloon Motor Bus and the MTR Corp are battling for a wage increase of no less than 7 per cent.

Seven MTR unions, representing more than half of the rail operator's 12,000 staff, said yesterday a pay rise of at least 7 per cent should be given due to soaring inflation, which stood at 4.6 per cent last month, the highest in 21/2 years.

"Last year, the company offered us a pay rise of 2.5 per cent. We need a bigger pay rise this year to try to catch up with inflation," Rainbow Lau Choy-hung, chairwoman of the KCR officers union said. The unions also want higher allowances and annual payroll increments.

"Industrial action may be taken if our demand is not answered by July," Lau said.


KMB's 10,000 workers also want a 7.5 per cent increase in July.

Chung Kin-wa, of the Motor Transport Workers General Union, said the demands had nothing to do with the civil servants' pay rise, just increasing inflation.
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LCQ2: MTR passengers' safety and accident compensation
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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Following is a question by the Hon Wong Kwok-hing and a reply by the Secretary for Transport and Housing, Ms Eva Cheng, in the Legislative Council today (June 1):

Question:

A number of members of the public have approached me for assistance, indicating that they had sustained injuries in accidents in MTR stations, train compartments and controlled areas, and when they requested for compensation from the MTR Corporation Limited ("MTRCL"), it had unreasonably delayed its response and rejected their requests; they also feel very helpless and dissatisfied because they are unlike victims of ordinary traffic accidents who are able to receive assistance under the Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme ("TAVAS") regardless of whether the accidents concerned were caused by their faults. I have also learnt that government departments have not assisted the injured persons in recovering the compensation in question. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) whether it knows the total number of accidents which occurred in the MTR network involving casualties among MTR passengers since the rail merger; the number of persons involved; whether MTRCL and its appointed insurance providers have paid damages or made different kinds of compensation under various categories to such injured persons; if yes, the amount involved; if not, the reasons for that;

(b) whether it knows if MTRCL has taken out adequate accident insurance to safeguard passengers' interests; if yes, of the details of the protection coverage for passengers and the sum insured, and among the compensation cases in (a), the number of cases involving insurance compensation and the amount involved; if not, the reasons for that; and

(c) whether TAVAS of the Social Welfare Department covers any accident which occurred in the MTR network; if yes, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; whether the authorities will extend the coverage of the scheme, e.g. by amending the Traffic Accident Victims (Assistance Fund) Ordinance to also cover passengers or members of the public injured in accidents which occurred in the MTR network, or whether MTRCL will establish a similar fund to make up for the deficiencies of TAVAS; if yes, of the details; if not, what measures the authorities have to protect passengers who were injured in railway incidents but have not received any damages or different kinds of compensation?

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(a) and (b) The MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL) attaches great importance to passengers' safety. The railway system meets stringent safety standards in its design and operation. Various facilities have been installed for the prevention of accidents. The major facilities and measures include:

- installing platform gap fillers to narrow the gap between the platform and the train doors;
- installing yellow tactile strips along platform edges to remind passengers not to stand beyond the yellow line;
- broadcasting door chimes before train doors close to remind passengers not to charge doors;
- making public announcements on platforms and in train compartments to remind passengers to mind the platform gap;
- installing illumination and flashing lights under the platforms where the platform gaps are relatively wide to remind passengers to mind the gap;
- arranging platform assistants to assist passengers in boarding and alighting from the trains during peak hours;
- displaying notices at escalators in the MTR network to remind passengers how to use the escalators safely;
- displaying notices in conspicuous positions at entrances/exits of concourses of stations (if the floor has become wet and slippery in rainy days) to remind passengers to mind the wet or slippery floor so as to prevent falls; and
- conducting passenger education activities from time to time to raise the safety awareness of the public.

Although MTRCL has already taken the above measures, it is difficult to prevent the occurrences of accidents completely. MTRCL indicates that it takes each and every accident very seriously and takes follow-up action accordingly.

Information on accidents involving injuries or fatalities of passengers in the past 3 years as provided by MTRCL is set out in Annex 1.

To protect the interests of both MTRCL and the passengers, MTRCL has taken out the Third Party Liability Insurance covering MTRCL’s legal liability and compensation payable to any third parties arising from accidents or incidents related to the operation and business of MTRCL. The amount of such indemnity for each and every occurrence is no less than HK$100 million.

MTRCL has established procedures for passengers to make claims for compensation. Passengers who wish to apply for compensation have to write to MTRCL specifying the particulars of the accident (such as date, time and place of its occurrence), the circumstances of the case and the amount of the claim, supported by the relevant documents such as medical report, payment receipt etc. Hotline and frontline customer service staff of MTRCL are also able to explain the relevant procedures to passengers.

After a passenger has submitted an application for compensation, MTRCL will process the application in accordance with established procedures. After seeking the advice of its legal aadviserwith regard to the application, MTRCL will decide whether to handle the application on its own or refer the application to its insurer for follow-up or investigation.

If the legal adviser of MTRCL considers that MTRCL should have liability to the third party and offer compensation in a case, and the amount of claim is below the deductibles (commonly known as "policy excess") under the insurance policy, MTRCL will directly handle the application to facilitate a prompt provision of compensation to the claimant. If the legal aadviserof MTRCL considers that MTRCL has no liability to the third party in a case, MTRCL will also promptly notify the claimant.

Other than the above scenarios, MTRCL will refer the application to its insurer and the appointed loss adjuster of its insurer for consideration having regard to the individual circumstances, including whether the accident or incident was attributed to any fault on the part of MTRCL, and whether MTRCL should be liable and offer compensation to the third party in relation to the accident or incident. Upon the completion of the investigation, the loss adjuster will notify the applicant of the result as soon as possible.

The amount of compensation paid in relation to accidents that occurred within the MTR premises in the past three years and the number of accidents concerned are set out in Annex 2.

MTRCL will continue to take the aforementioned measures to prevent the occurrence of accidents, and at the same time organise campaigns from time to time to raise the safety awareness of passengers. These activities are kept under review and planning every year.

(c) The Traffic Accident Victims Assistance (TAVA) Scheme was established under the Traffic Accident Victims (Assistance Fund) Ordinance (the Ordinance), Cap. 229 of the Laws of Hong Kong. The TAVA Scheme aims to provide speedy financial assistance to road traffic accident victims or to their surviving dependents on a non-means-tested basis, regardless of the element of fault leading to the occurrence of the accident.

The Ordinance requires that the traffic accident must involve vehicle(s) (including trams and Light Rail vehicles) and occur on the road (including tramway tracks and railway of the Light Rail) or a private road. The accident must also cause death or injury to any person. Road or private road, as interpreted under the Ordinance, does not include railways other than the Light Rail.

Railways other than the Light Rail do not connect with roads and are not affected by other road-based transport. The public is also prohibited from trespassing onto the tracks of railways. Since the operation of and chance of accidents involving railways (excluding the Light Rail) are different from those of road-based transport in general, the Labour and Welfare Bureau has no plan to extend the TAVA Scheme to cover railways other than the Light Rail.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #3110
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Heavy luggage weighs on MTR escalator safety
The Standard
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Nearly one in every five escalator accidents at MTR stations this year was due to passengers carrying bulky luggage. What's more, most happened in busy stations such as Hung Hom, Kowloon Tong and Central.

MTR head of operations Ivan Lai Ching-kai said the sad aspect is that since 2008, 60 percent of those involved are either elderly or young children.

Overall, there were 307 escalator accidents from January to May this year, a fall of 10 percent compared with the same period last year.

However, the number of accidents involving bulky luggage increased from 39 to 58, a rise of 49 percent.

"This is because those carrying heavy luggage are unable to hold the handrail," Lai said.

The elderly are apt to lose their balance while children under 10 often misjudge their footing.

The MTR will deploy 130 safety ambassadors in 50 stations to remind passengers how to use escalators until July 31. Fifty free single-journey tickets will be given away every day to those who use escalators correctly.
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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:09 PM   #3111
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Further to the post on accident compensation: Why do rail corporations insure against individual accidents? Surely these are within the corporation's routine operating events, and the cost of transferring out the risk will just be reflected in next year's premiums. To say "we spent 10 million on insurance" puts far less emphasis on safety than to say "we paid 8 million in compensation". And then they have to pay for the insurance administration as well... I would expect them only to insure against major accidents that they could not afford to cover, and which they did not expect to occur from time to time...

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Old July 5th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #3112
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The Standard
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Nearly one in every five escalator accidents at MTR stations this year was due to passengers carrying bulky luggage. What's more, most happened in busy stations such as Hung Hom, Kowloon Tong and Central.

MTR head of operations Ivan Lai Ching-kai said the sad aspect is that since 2008, 60 percent of those involved are either elderly or young children.

Overall, there were 307 escalator accidents from January to May this year, a fall of 10 percent compared with the same period last year.

However, the number of accidents involving bulky luggage increased from 39 to 58, a rise of 49 percent.

"This is because those carrying heavy luggage are unable to hold the handrail," Lai said.

The elderly are apt to lose their balance while children under 10 often misjudge their footing.

The MTR will deploy 130 safety ambassadors in 50 stations to remind passengers how to use escalators until July 31. Fifty free single-journey tickets will be given away every day to those who use escalators correctly.
This is why I would rather a taxi going to Sheung Wan Ferry Terminal (instead of CWB->Sheung Wan by train). Imagine this, you are carrying heavy luggage from Park Lane Hotel (yeah, worst hotel in CWB) all the way to the near entry/exit of Causeway Bay station........which AFAIK is the one that doesn't not have escalators.

Furthermore, you do not wanna contend with carrying heavy luggage/baggage when there is presence of overcrowding during peaks and rush hours. This is regular line (not like Airport Express Line which always has space).

So yeah. It just doesn't make sense IMHO to carry our luggage from our hotel in CWB, bring it down CWB station, travel with it all the way to Sheung Wan station and then get it up to Shun Tak Centre.

Save yourself the inconvenience and get a taxi instead.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 06:37 AM   #3113
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I coped okay getting to Jordan all by the MTR with luggage and I was carrying my Mothers too (as she didn't want to walk up and down stairs with it).
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Unions rail against MTR `unfair' pay rises of up to 6.8pc
The Standard
Thursday, July 07, 2011

Unions representing about 4,000 MTR workers are unhappy with "unfair" pay rises - up to 6.8 percent plus bonus has been offered - and are looking for more.

The railway company offered rises ranging from 2.3 percent to 6.8 percent plus special and discretionary awards depending on performance.

Representatives of seven unions, however, said they will accept nothing less than 7 percent.

According to the MTR, about 50 percent of its 7,000 staff got grade three in a five-point performance exercise and will get rises of 4.5 percent.

The 35 percent who scored grade four will get a rise of 5.4 percent while the 10 percent graded at five will get 6.8 percent.

The other 5 percent were at grade two and will get 2.3 percent.

In addition, those with grade three or above will receive a one-off special award equivalent to 20 percent of their monthly salary and a one-off discretionary award equivalent to 85 percent of their monthly salary.

This means an MTR train captain with little or no relevant working experience on HK$10,000 a month would get a rise of HK$230 if graded at two.

On the other hand, if a captain was graded at five, the monthly income would be increased by HK$680. The captain would also receive a special award of HK$2,000 and a discretionary award of HK$8,500.

However, unionists concerned about inflation said the increases fall short of union demands for 7 percent.

"We are very disappointed with this salary adjustment. It is unfair that they [the MTR] made a huge profit last year but half of the staff can only get a 4.5 percent pay increase," Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway Staff General Association chairman Lam Wai-keung said.

Lam said last year's pay rises ranged from 0.3 to 3.3 percent.

KCR Operating Staff Association chairwoman Rainbow Lau Choi-hung described the salary change mechanism as "unfair" as it is based on only 28 companies whereas the civil service pay rise is based on more than 100.

The unionists said the MTR is not doing enough to share its profits with its staff and warned they may take industrial action.

The unions plan to hold meetings to discuss what action to take.

An MTR spokesman said the salary adjustment is based on factors including the economy, state of the company's business and the staff's contribution.
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MTR errs on side of caution over Sheung Wan closure
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Friday, July 22, 2011



Giant posters are going up and videos being shown in an attempt to minimize the likelihood of any commuter chaos ahead of a 54-hour total shutdown of the Sheung Wan MTR station early next month.

Between 40,000 and 50,000 passengers are expected to be affected each day when the station is closed between 11.30pm on August 5 and 6.05am on August 8 to allow work to proceed on the construction of the West Island Line extension.

The posters will be going up in Admiralty, Sheung Wan and Central, while a short video will be replayed, starting from today, to remind commuters of the changes they have to make to their customary transport arrangements to facilitate the construction work.

Passengers will need an extra 10 to 15 minutes to travel between Sheung Wan station and Admiralty station during the closure, said Choi Tak-tsan, head of operations at MTR Corp.

"We planned for the works to take place on a weekend to minimize the inconvenience to students and office workers," Choi said.

During the closure, westbound Island Line passengers wanting to get to Central will have to switch over to the Tsuen Wan train at Admiralty.

Service frequency for the Tsuen Wan line will be increased to three minutes from four during normal hours.

Free shuttle bus services will also be provided between Admiralty and Sheung Wan, with stops for the former near exit C1 at Queensway Plaza and for the latter near exit E4 at Infinitus Plaza.
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Rail riders just hope for the best
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Monday, August 08, 2011

Sheung Wan, the station at one end of the MTR's busy Island Line, was set to be back to business as usual today after a 54-hour closure.

There were fears last night that work on reconfiguration to open the way for the West Island Line, including installation of a crossing and other track-related jobs, would not be completed in time for today's rush hour.

But the MTR Corp said that by 10pm work had gone smoothly and tests on the new track, power and signaling systems were under way.

"If all goes well, Sheung Wan Station is expected to reopen at 5.55am as scheduled," an MTR spokesman said, adding that there would be a public announcement immediately if anything unexpected occurred.

Passengers are advised to listen to radio and TV news broadcasts before leaving their homes. They can also call the MTR hotline (2881-8888).

"We would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding during the 54-hour closure of Sheung Wan Station to facilitate important track reconfiguration work for the West Island Line project," MTRC head of operations Choi Tak-tsan said. "This will allow us to extend the rail service to Kennedy Town by 2014."

The station was closed at 11.30pm on Friday. By 8pm last night more than 68,000 people had been on 2,300 runs of free shuttle buses operating at two-to-four-minute intervals between Admiralty and Sheung Wan stations.

Directions were displayed in Central Station to help passengers who preferred to walk to Sheung Wan, with MTR "ambassadors" offering guidance.

The West Island Line is to be a three-kilometer extension linking Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town stations. There will be stops at Sai Ying Pun and University. Work began after HK$12.2 billion in funding was approved by by the Legislative Council in 2009.
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MTR net spurs first rise in dividend in four years
The Standard
Friday, August 12, 2011

First-half net profit for MTR Corp (0066) rose 21.25 percent year on year to HK$8.05 billion.

An interim dividend of 25 HK cents was declared, after 14 HK cents over the past four years.

But fewer flat sales meant underlying profit - net profit excluding revaluation gains from property investment - dropped 23.6 percent to HK$4.37 billion.

Total revenue rose 14.7 percent to HK$16.17 billion, with earnings per share at HK$1.39.

Total number of passengers rose 5.4 percent to 815.4 million during the first six months, with fare revenue up 7.7 percent to HK$6.39 billion.

Earlier this month, a power cut disrupted train services between Admiralty and Causeway Bay during the morning rush hour.

About 2,000 passengers on two trains were affected and thousands of others packed the platforms during the 20-minute disruption last Thursday.

Operations engineering head Jacob Kam Chak-pui stressed the focus on safety.

The many parts in the railway system meant there was great potential for disruptions. Safety was priority. "We'd rather go for safety than speed," he said.

Property development profit during the six months slumped 61 percent from a year ago.

But that came on a higher base effect after significant profits from flat sales a year ago.

"Sales of flats in Festival City, Tai Wai, went well," chief executive Chow Chung-kong said.

"Property development profit came mainly from our share of a shopping mall in Tseung Kwan O, and the guaranteed receipt from the Festival City developer [Cheung Kong (0001)]."

In June, MTR issued bonds worth 1 billion yuan (HK$1.22 billion) for financing its Shenzhen underground rail project.

Shares soared 4.46 percent to HK$24.60 yesterday.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 09:52 AM   #3119
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Has really nothing happened in a whole month on Hong Kong's MTR? :P
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Has really nothing happened in a whole month on Hong Kong's MTR? :P
Nah... there are plenty of small things here and there with a few minute delays. But just like everything else, when it happens too often, it's no longer news and media don't make a big deal out of it anymore.
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