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Old February 21st, 2013, 03:21 PM   #3301
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"Our Future Railway" Stage 2 Public Engagement exercise launched
Thursday, February 21, 2013
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The Transport and Housing Bureau and the Highways Department today (February 21) launched the three-month "Our Future Railway" Stage 2 Public Engagement exercise.

Members of the public are welcome to submit views on the concepts of seven local enhancement schemes for existing railway lines.

The Government commissioned a consultant in March 2011 to conduct a study for the review and update of the Railway Development Strategy 2000, with a view to updating the long-term railway development blueprint for Hong Kong's future. The study reviews the railway schemes identified in the Railway Development Strategy 2000 which are not yet implemented and other railway proposals suggested by the Government or members of the public.

Taking into account the consultant's findings, the Government conducted the Stage 1 Public Engagement exercise from April to July 2012 which featured conceptual schemes of three major regional railway corridors for public discussion.

The Stage 2 Public Engagement exercise features concepts of seven local enhancement schemes, including parallel lines, extensions, spur lines and new stations of the existing railway lines.

The seven local enhancement schemes are:
(1) North Island Line;
(2) Siu Sai Wan Line;
(3) South Island Line (West);
(4) Tuen Mun South Extension;
(5) Adding Hung Shui Kiu Station;
(6) Tung Chung West Extension; and
(7) Adding Kwu Tung Station.





















Upon completion of the Stage 2 Public Engagement exercise, the consultant will optimise the planning for major regional railway corridors and local enhancement schemes, based on the views collected at both stages of the exercise.

The entire study is expected to be finished in 2013. The Government will consider the consultant's final recommendations in the light of the development progress of new development areas and explore the way forward for different railway projects with a view to reporting the results to the public in 2014.

The Stage 2 Public Engagement exercise commenced today and will last until May 20. The Government will conduct roving exhibitions and public forums in different districts. Members of the public may visit the Public Enquiry Service Centres of the Home Affairs Department or public libraries in districts to obtain the consultation publications. They may also access the information at the dedicated website (www.ourfuturerailway.hk).

They are welcome to join the public forums specifically conducted for the purpose (phone registration at 3922 9777 or online registration is advised). They may also forward their comments direct through the following channels:

Website: www.ourfuturerailway.hk
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:04 AM   #3302
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Old February 24th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #3303
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Old February 25th, 2013, 07:30 PM   #3304
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Rail cracks that caused delays difficult to detect, say MTR engineer
Monday, 25 February, 2013, 5:38pm
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Cracks in rails at an MTR station, which caused short delays last week, were of a kind that were “difficult to detect” during regular inspections, the railway’s chief engineer said on Monday.

“The cracks at Ngau Tau Kok station last Tuesday developed near a rail joint,” said David Leung Chuen-choi, chief of operation engineer at MTR.

“At such locations, the cracks are quite difficult to detect during [regular inspections],” he said.

The cracked rail is still undergoing a lab test. Fewer than 10 cracks were found per year in MTR rails, and the railway was steadily improving service, Leung said.

“Delay times in 2012 dropped 20 per cent compared to that in 2011,” he said.

On Tuesday last week, trains had to slow down when passing through Ngau Tau Kok station, on the Kwun Tong line, after cracks were detected in the rails, delaying passengers by a few minutes.

Meanwhile, the MTR said it had introduced a new ultrasonic testing vehicle for finding cracks in rails, which works at twice the speed of the old vehicle.

“It can literally see through the steel to the inside of the rail, to identify the smallest irregularities,” said Terry Wong Wing-kin, deputy general manager of infrastructure implementation at MTR.

As the new vehicle runs down the tracks, it quickly and automatically compares the state of individual rail sections with data collected in the previous survey. It will soon replace one of the two current track-checking vehicles.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #3305
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I had no idea Hong Kong had a light rail system other than the trams on Hong Kong island. I think I used the trams more than any other form of transportation during my visit.

Looking at the Light Rail map it does look pretty confusing. Is there a map available that shows the lines in a non-condensed format?

I can't wait to see the subway lines go over to the other side of Hong Kong island as well.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 04:22 AM   #3306
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I had no idea Hong Kong had a light rail system other than the trams on Hong Kong island. I think I used the trams more than any other form of transportation during my visit.

Looking at the Light Rail map it does look pretty confusing. Is there a map available that shows the lines in a non-condensed format?

I can't wait to see the subway lines go over to the other side of Hong Kong island as well.
This one is colour-coded by route : http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/getting_ar...map_index.html
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 09:05 AM   #3307
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I had no idea Hong Kong had a light rail system other than the trams on Hong Kong island. I think I used the trams more than any other form of transportation during my visit.

Looking at the Light Rail map it does look pretty confusing. Is there a map available that shows the lines in a non-condensed format?

I can't wait to see the subway lines go over to the other side of Hong Kong island as well.
Here's one I drew. Not sure if it is less condensed.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 06:39 PM   #3308
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Old March 4th, 2013, 06:52 PM   #3309
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Some trams look very much like Russian KTM-19.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 05:02 PM   #3310
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Old March 17th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #3311
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Property fall hits MTRC bottom line
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MTR Corp (0066) marked its third-worst earnings decline since listing in 2000 as net profit tumbled 13 percent last year to HK$13.53 billion amid lower income from property development.

Underlying profit, which excludes property revaluation, dropped 6.6 percent to HK$9.78 billion - above market expectations. The rail operator will pay a final dividend of 54 HK cents per share.

Profit from property development plunged 36 percent to HK$2.7 billion, while that from other recurrent businesses rose 13 percent to HK$7.07 billion.

Property director David Tang Chi-fai said the MTRC does not expect to see any project completions in the coming year.

Overall revenue rose 7 percent to HK$35.7 billion, in which local railway revenue climbed 7.5 percent to HK$14.5 billion on the tariff hike and a 4.7 percent rise in local patronage to 1.77 billion.

MTRC said it will tender four plots in the next 12 months, including at Tai Wai station and Light Rail Tin Wing Stop, which were previously withdrawn.

Others are phase four of Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O and the south site at West Rail Long Ping station.

Chief executive Jay Walder, meanwhile, said the review of the fare-adjustment mechanism is expected to be completed this month. The next fare hike will be decided in June.

He refused to comment on speculation the government may add "penal factors" into the fare scheme such as bad service.
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He refused to comment on speculation the government may add "penal factors" into the fare scheme such as bad service.
I thought that this was ludicrous.............until I saw that the SAR government owns 76% of MTR Corporation.

I guess it's justified then...
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 10:44 PM   #3314
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Will there ever be a proper TST to East-TST transfer, or will they keep it as is and just let people wanting to cross the water transfer at Hunghom to the East Rail link that will go to Hong Kong Island?
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Will there ever be a proper TST to East-TST transfer, or will they keep it as is and just let people wanting to cross the water transfer at Hunghom to the East Rail link that will go to Hong Kong Island?
No. They had thought about it but they needed the public passageways, but anyone using an Octopus card can get a free transfer when interchanging between those 2 stations.

Eventually, the Shatin-Central Line will connect at Hung Hom and cross the harbour to Admiralty.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 08:15 PM   #3316
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MTR warns users ahead of $1.7b work at Diamond Hill
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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MTR Corp has warned commuters that work at Diamond Hill station starting next month may cause some inconvenience and they should follow signs to get where they want to go.

The construction work - costing HK$1.66 billion - will make Diamond Hill a leading interchange in East Kowloon, connecting it with the new Sha Tin to Central Link.

The journey from Diamond Hill to Admiralty will be shortened from 22 minutes to 17, to Tai Wai from 17 to only six, and to Hung Hom from 18 to nine after work ends in 2018.

MTR head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee said passenger flow at the station will double once the project is completed. .

To cope with the increased flow, the station will be expanded and its facilities updated - including a new Sha Tin to Central Link concourse and platforms under what was once Tai Hom Village - from the middle of next month.

There will be three new lifts, 12 escalators, additional ticket issuing machines, ATMs, shops and public toilets.

There will also be three footpaths linking with the current Diamond Hill station.

Starting from mid-April, the passenger walkway between Exit A2 and B will be closed in phases. Some shops will be closed or relocated, and the direction of some entry or exit gates reversed.

There will be notices and station announcements to inform passengers about the modifications.

Station assistants will be available to help passengers where necessary.

MTR general manager Philco Wong Nai-keung said the company will try to reduce noise by using quieter equipment.

"We will also install noise barriers," Wong said.

The Sha Tin to Central Link comprises 10 stations and is scheduled to be completed in two phases, with the section between Tai Wai and Hung Hom finished in 2018, and the Hung Hom to Admiralty section in 2020.

Meanwhile, real estate agents said the construction work will have little impact on property prices in the district since homebuyers have already digested the news.

Kerry Properties used the planned extension when it launched a project, Lions Rise, over two years ago.

The impact will be less than that in Hung Hom, Sai Wan, and Aberdeen where new stations are being built.
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Old March 27th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #3317
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Is this still the plan for the new line?



It's a shame there's not going to be another station on the island, closer to Causeway Bay. It'll really open up the eastern side of Kowloon though.
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Basically yes but there are some changes:

- an extra station at Hin Keng.
- the depot at Diamond Hill has been cancelled. Stabling facility will be built at Hung Hom by utilizing the current freight terminal, and an extra siding at Kai Tak for stabling trains.
- the alignment of the East Kowloon section has moved inland to enhance catchment.



When the Tai Wai - Hung Hom section completes in 2018, the now running Ma On Shan Line and West Rail Line will be connected together to form one new line. The cross harbour section is essentially an extension of the current East Rail Line, and will be ready in 2020.

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It's a shame there's not going to be another station on the island, closer to Causeway Bay. It'll really open up the eastern side of Kowloon though.

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MTR fare rise looms amid search for viable formula
The Standard
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MTR fares will increase by 3.2 percent in June unless the government comes up with an acceptable option to the fare-adjustment mechanism before then.

The current formula takes into account the nominal wage rise for the transportation sector of 2.9 percent in December year on year that came despite a 1.3 percent drop in real wages.

The projected fare rise will be smaller than the 5.4 percent imposed last year.

If implemented, it will cost passengers 30 HK cents more - at HK$10.80 - to go from Prince Edward to Admiralty while the commute from Tuen Mun to Central will be up 80 HK cents at HK$24.90.

Lawmakers have expressed concern that, under the present mechanism, fares will go up automatically.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the government is still discussing a new pricing system with MTR Corp.

A government spokesman said the administration will strive to conclude the mechanism review before the new fares come into effect.

"Both parties aim to conclude the review and to find a revised fare-adjustment mechanism," the spokesman said.

New People's Party lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said he believes the government is looking for a formula that will halve the fare increases produced by the current system.

But he feels the eventual reduction of the fare hikes will be less than what the government expects.

The government has said it wants to include the affordability of passengers as well as the operational performance and profit status of the rail operator in considerations over the new formula.

Negotiations with the MTRC on how to revamp the mechanism - which has been widely criticized for not taking into account public affordability - are continuing.

Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, a spokesman for the Coalition to Monitor Public Transport and Utilities, said he hopes the government will come up with a new system as early as possible.

The rail operator said the objective is to conclude the review before fares are due to be adjusted.

"An announcement on the review outcome and the overall adjustment rate for MTR fares in 2013 will be made at an appropriate time," the MTRC said.
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