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Old December 16th, 2013, 06:05 PM   #3441
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is this the first of the kind? for MTR in recent years?
A 5-hour shutdown of an entire line is a very rare event. News reports tonight mention a section of the overhead power line came loose. The line resumed service at 5:30pm.

Under the government regulatory regime, the MTR will be fined for the shutdown. Officials estimate the fine will be HKD 7.5 million (about USD 1 million).
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Interesting. Hong Kong is the only subway system in the world that is private. Good to see that the government receives fine money for the mistake.


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Old December 17th, 2013, 01:51 AM   #3443
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Interesting. Hong Kong is the only subway system in the world that is private. Good to see that the government receives fine money for the mistake.
Hong Kong is not the only privatized metro system in the world some Japanese subway systems are privatized.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 04:03 AM   #3444
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Bang! Thousands stranded on MTR
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MTR Corp faces a fine of up to HK$7.5 million in the wake of a five-hour shutdown of the Tseung Kwan O line.

It was the worst rail stoppage to hit the SAR in a decade.

The chaos began with a bang at 12.40pm yesterday when passengers on a train heard blasts and saw sparks at Yau Tong station.

More than 300 passengers were escorted onto the platform. There were no injuries.

Videos taken by passengers showed MTR workers with torches leading them along a safety walkway for 20 meters onto the platform at Yau Tong.

A passenger called Lee said he heard four loud booms during the journey and saw flashes of light. "The sound was like an explosion and everyone was terrified," he said.

"The second boom came 10 seconds later and a third after a minute. Passengers saw smoke, then came the fourth."

Insurance broker Sky Chan said he was in the second carriage from Tiu Keng Leng to Yau Ma Tei.

About 30 meters from Yau Tong station he heard an explosion and saw sparks. The train slowed. Chan said during his stay in the tunnel, he heard two more explosions.

Kowloon East fire chief Lo Chi-ho said a 30-meter section of an overhead power cable between Tiu King Leng and Yau Tong was dislodged.

"A passing train touched the dislocated cable and caused the electricity dysfunction," Lo said.

A pantograph - electrical trolley - on the train roof was also damaged. More than 60 firefighters and 12 tenders attended the emergency.

Services returned to normal at 5.35pm, averting chaos as thousands of commuters headed home from work.

"The MTR checks the overhead cables every year," said Adi Lau Tin- shing, MTR deputy director (operating).

"The dislocated cable had been checked at the end of October.

"We have installed protection devices on our trains and the loud booms were due to the operation of the device."

Cables between Tiu Keng Leng and Yau Tong stations would be checked again, as well as the train that ran over the cable.

The MTR made special arrangements for a backup service to take passengers to Quarry Bay and North Point from Kwun Tong through Lam Tin station.

Buses took passengers using the Tseung Kwan O line to Lam Tin, Kwun Tong and Yau Tong.

Passengers said the shuttle service at Tiu Keng Leng and Kwun Tong stations was chaotic, with some waiting an hour.

Lo Kok-keung, an engineer of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's department of mechanical engineering, said the trouble may have been down to the anchor points holding the overhead cable becoming loose, allowing it to fall.

"The anchor points may have been neglected during the regular checks," Lo said.

District councillor Christine Fong Kwok-shan criticized the Transport Department for poor planning at Tiu Keng Leng.

She believed the incident affected about one million people living in Tseung Kwan O and Kowloon East.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung urged MTR Corp to submit a report in three working days.

The company face penalties of HK$7.5 million under the Service Performance Arrangement.
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Old January 5th, 2014, 08:28 AM   #3445
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Faster response call on MTR line
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The leading pro-establishment party is demanding the government make up its mind about building the western section of the MTR South Island line connecting Central to Aberdeen.

About a dozen members of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong staged a rally at Central Government Offices in Tamar, urging the administration to resolve livelihood-related issues in Southern District.

"We hope the government will speed up its decision on the western section of South Island rail line," DAB coordinator Wong Choi-lap said.

"About 90,000 residents living in Wah Fu public housing estate and Aberdeen and other areas in Southern District will benefit, once the rail link is built."

Wong added: "We also hope the government may utilize the land sites to build more public housing in Southern District."

He said the government should consider redeveloping the Wah Fu estate in Pok Fu Lam - which was built about 40 years ago - to provide more public housing.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 11:03 AM   #3446
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Ancient relics dug up in Kowloon
2 January 2014
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Priceless relics dating back more than seven centuries could shed new light on the ancient history of Hong Kong after being unearthed during work on a railway line in Kowloon City.

The relics include coins, ceramics, a kiln, the remains of buildings and two wells. They were found as part of a survey carried out on behalf of the MTR Corporation by archaeologist Dr Liu Wensuo, close to the route of the Sha Tin to Central Link.

No decision has been made on what will happen to the antiquities - and whether the site, which will not have to make way for the MTR line, could be preserved and opened to visitors.

The relics were found near one of the city's most important monuments, Sung Wong Toi, a stone with carvings indicating it once sheltered two 13th-century emperors. They are believed to date from various historical periods - from the Song (960-1279AD) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties to the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912.

Among the findings were a square well, said to be largely intact, which preliminary findings suggested dated to the Song era. A more modern, round well was in a poorer condition.

Wells generally indicate an established human settlement, said Chinese University anthropologist Professor Tracey Lie-dan Lu. That made the site particularly important to understanding Hong Kong's past.

"The findings show that there were already vibrant economic activities along the present Kowloon City promenade area in the Song dynasty era," said Andrew Lam Siu-lo, chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board. He said it was one of the largest such sites found in the city in recent years.

Kowloon City has long been considered Hong Kong's most historic district. The 45-metre Sung Wong Toi boulder once stood on a sacred hill in the area.

It was partially destroyed by the Japanese in the second world war to use as landfill at Kai Tak airport, but a carved section about a third of its size was placed nearby. The engravings tell the story of the last Song emperors, Gong and Bing, who took refuge in the city as the Mongol Yuan regime swept into the south.

The colonial government's bid to develop the area where the stone originally stood was overturned in the 1910s after a petition by academics in what is seen as the first proactive example of heritage conservation in Hong Kong.

As for the latest find, Lam said the board would have to wait for the archaeologists' report before making a recommendation.

The MTR Corporation appointed Liu, of Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University, to conduct the survey in November 2012 under the terms of the environmental impact study for building To Kwa Wan station and a railway tunnel. An MTR spokeswoman said its report was expected to be submitted to the government's Antiquities and Monuments Office in the first quarter of this year.
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What a surprising news! Has MTR had any more archeological discoveries?
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What a surprising news! Has MTR had any more archeological discoveries?
Not usually. The other digs for extensions are in less historically-rich areas and I haven't heard of any major finds lately.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:44 PM   #3450
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The west is history
Kennedy Town's rapid gentrification is being spurred by construction of the West Island Line, and there are concerns that the area's overhaul will sacrifice character for commerce
6 January 2014
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An old monument tucked behind the public toilet on Sai Ning Street is a discreet reminder of Kennedy Town's insalubrious past. The 103-year-old archway and foundation stone of the Tung Wah Smallpox Hospital are among the few remnants of a collection of uninviting establishments that have occupied the area.

For a long time, the western end of Hong Kong island was the end of the road. Today, the Kennedy Town abattoir is gone and the Victoria public mortuary is set to be relocated. The macabre no longer has a place in the historic district as it undergoes gentrification.

The West Island Line, scheduled to open later this year, has been the main impetus for change. Better transport links will make Kennedy Town, the line's terminus, a viable home for many.

Private developers have been replacing old tenement buildings with luxury apartment blocks since the line was first tabled in the early 2000s. With characteristic audacity, they are now selling flats in Kennedy Town at Mid-Levels prices. Many restaurateurs have also arrived to cater to new, moneyed residents.

But Kennedy Town retains the essence of a down-to-earth, working-class neighbourhood. Its residents still include technicians from the Whitty Street Tram Depot, where shifts often start before dawn. The China Merchants Group (CMG) continues to use its godowns, and kaito services ply the waters between the Western District Public Cargo Working Area and outlying islands.

A more comprehensive makeover is looming. A land use review by the government's Planning Department says existing industrial buildings and godowns are "incompatible" with what is now a largely residential neighbourhood.

Talks are under way to change the zoning of the CMG godowns and wharf from industrial to commercial, leisure and tourism-related uses. The department has also earmarked the former Mount Davis Cottage Area, a shanty town established by mainland refugees, the Married Police Officers Quarters, and the former abattoir among the areas for residential use.

Edmond Wong, a senior social worker at the Caritas Community Centre on Pokfield Road, is pleased that much of the land will be used for public housing.

"Many tenement buildings have been bought out by private developers. The owners may get compensation, but their tenants in partitioned flats have nowhere to go.

"Many are unwilling to leave the area because of work and education. They are now paying up to HK$5,000 a month for a tiny room in the few remaining tenement buildings left. Their only hope is to get into the public housing system."

The government has also promised to turn over more of the waterfront to the public. It is ready to release four piers at the Western Wholesale Food Market for public use, and the Central and Western District Council plans to build a promenade with funds from the HK$100-million Signature Project Scheme.

Open space is scarce in urban Hong Kong, and Kennedy Town's enviable waterfront means it has the potential to become a major nightlife destination.

On the New Praya, Ben Ho is overseeing preparations for another restaurant. The Hong Kong operational manager for Singapore's Les Amis Group of restaurants runs Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar and Bistro Du Vin in Davis Street. Ho is also helping another Singaporean investor develop the Fish & Chick restaurant.

"This market has a lot of scope to grow. There is street parking available, and the MTR will bring a lot more non-residents here in the evenings and at weekends," Ho says.

"You also tend to find much bigger shop spaces here than in SoHo. But the biggest draw has got to be the best sunset in Hong Kong," he says, gesturing towards the waterfront.

That expanse of water, with views of Green Island, almost disappeared in a since-abandoned reclamation plan in the 1990s. It prompted a team of academics to demand better public access to what is now prime waterfront.

In August, the University of Hong Kong's department of urban planning and design published a bold proposal for the area's development, commissioned by the Central and Western District Council.

The proposal suggests the government goes much further with its harbourfront plans and build a 2,400-metre-long promenade that stretches to the Central Government Offices in Tamar. Wong, who organises residents' concern groups in the area, says it is a utopian scheme that is unlikely to be carried out without compromises.

The plan requires moving the Western Wholesale Food Market, the Western District Public Cargo Working Area and the Kennedy Town bus terminus. The government has already indicated that the cargo area is too important to be removed. Locals also fear that the redevelopment is part of a broader gentrification of Kennedy Town that will inevitably bring the demise of well-known businesses.

Raymond Lai, a logistics worker, regularly visits the four-decades-old Cheung Heung Yuen Restaurant in Belcher's Street - an old-fashioned cha chaan teng justifiably famous for its silk stocking milk tea and egg tarts.

"I have lived here almost all my life. I moved here as a child with my parents and now I am a parent. It makes me feel very sad to see the old shops and restaurants disappear. This place is one of the last ones left," he says.

But the new outlets make a pleasant change to the pandemonium in the city centre, for those who can afford them.

"I like to come here for lunch. Kennedy Town is so much more pleasant than Central and it is within walking distance of my home," says David Bryan, a lawyer who lives in Pok Fu Lam.K-Town, his choice of restaurant, has a high ceiling and is practically cavernous by Hong Kong standards.

As for the lonely monument behind the public lavatories, the government wants to move it to a more respectable location by the sea. That, at least, is one piece of history that will have its day in the sun against a backdrop of ceaseless change.
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What is the present staus of construction of Island line ?
If started, what is the guess date for new services ?
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What is the present staus of construction of Island line ?
If started, what is the guess date for new services ?
It will complete this year.

http://www.mtr-westislandline.hk/en/home/
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Bigger Wah Fu may get life line
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The MTR South Island Line may be extended to Wah Fu Estate, which will be redeveloped to provide an additional 11,900 government subsidized units.

The redevelopment would be able to provide a total of 21,000 units - under both Public Rental Housing and the Home Ownership Scheme - more than double the existing 9,100 units at Wah Fu Estate, which were built over four decades ago.

The whole project at Pok Fu Lam will take at least 10-15 years to complete, as nearly 30,000 residents will have to be relocated in stages, Eddie Hui Chi-man, professor of the building and real estate department at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said.

The development moratorium on the six land plots close to Wah Fu Estate, whose original use was meant for recreation, green belt and government organizations, will first have to be lifted, government sources said.

But Southern District councillor Henry Chai Man-hon is concerned that the redevelopment will result in great traffic congestion in the area, as residents use mainly buses and minibuses to travel.

Meanwhile, Hui believes the proposed MTR line could significantly lessen the traffic problem.

As the redevelopment will take more than a decade, the traffic network could be enhanced to match the gradual increase in population, he added.

In another development, Queen's Hill Camp site in Fan Ling will be used to build public housing instead of the private university development originally planned, sources said.

Located in the North District, the site has a total area of 20 hectares.

It is believed that 13 hectares are planned for developing public housing.

A further one hectare will be used to build an international school and the rest will be given over to private housing.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 03:27 PM   #3455
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Hong Kong rolling stock contracts awarded
24 Jan 2014

CHINA: Hong Kong’s MTR Corp has awarded two contracts for 148 new metro cars and the modification of 348 existing cars for the East West Corridor section of the Shatin – Central Link. The contracts, announced on January 24, are the final two orders for rolling stock for the East West Corridor.

CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co has been awarded a HK$1·14bn contract to supply 14 eight-car trainsets for testing and commissioning in 2017.

A consortium of Itochu, Kinki Sharyo and Kawasaki has won a HK$1·18bn contract to supply 36 cars and modify and reconfigure 348 cars from the existing West Rail Line, East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line.

The 17 km SCL will have 10 stations, including six interchanges. The East West Corridor, between Tai Wai and Hung Hom, is the first phase. This is expected to be finished in 2018, with the Hung Hom – Admiralty section (the North South Corridor) following in 2020.
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A more primary source:
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-14-007-E.pdf

It seems that Changchun will be responsible for stock running on the East-West link, while the IKSK consortium will be responsible for stock running on the North-South line (36 cars -> four 9 car trains).

I find this interesting though, considering the MTR just ordered 37 nine car trains to replace the old metro cammell EMUs. Why would they bother re-configuring trains that are on the brink of being retired. Last I checked, the new Rotem trains were supposed to arrive before the new cross harbor link was completed.

http://www.mtr-shatincentrallink.hk/...contracts.html

Listed under contracts 1141A (CRC), 1141B (Rotem), and 1151 (Kinki Sharyo)

EDIT: The modification contract is for the existing SP1900/SP1950 EMU cars, which total 356 cars across the three current lines.

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A more primary source:
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-14-007-E.pdf

It seems that Changchun will be responsible for stock running on the East-West link, while the IKSK consortium will be responsible for stock running on the North-South line (36 cars -> four 9 car trains).

I find this interesting though, considering the MTR just ordered 37 nine car trains to replace the old metro cammell EMUs. Why would they bother re-configuring trains that are on the brink of being retired. Last I checked, the new Rotem trains were supposed to arrive before the new cross harbor link was completed.

http://www.mtr-shatincentrallink.hk/...contracts.html

Listed under contracts 1141A (CRC), 1141B (Rotem), and 1151 (Kinki Sharyo)

EDIT: The modification contract is for the existing SP1900/SP1950 EMU cars, which total 356 cars across the three current lines.
Both Changchun and IKK are responsible for the fleet of East West Line. Actually the fleet change is as follows:

- Replace all Metro-Cammell EMUs on the East Rail Line by Rotem 9-car EMUs.
- Reconfigure existing 12-car SP1900 EMUs on the East Rail Line to add train cars to the 4-car Ma On Shan Line and 7-car West Rail Line. There are not enough cars, so MTR bought more cars from the IKK consortium. IKK is also responsible for refurbuishing all the train cars.
- There's still not enough trains, so MTR bought 14 8-car EMUs from Changchun. The actual design of this set is unknown.

So the future North South Line will run in full Rotem fleet, and the East West Line will have a combination of IKK and Changchun fleets.
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- Replace all Metro-Cammell EMUs on the East Rail Line by Rotem 9-car EMUs.
9-car EMUs for this line are nonsense. Duting rush hour even existing 12-car trains are not enough!
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9-car EMUs for this line are nonsense. Duting rush hour even existing 12-car trains are not enough!
They will supposedly increase the train per hour... but still capacity will be less than before.
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