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Old May 4th, 2014, 11:10 AM   #3541
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For the South Island Line (East) are they using KABA psds?
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Fresh blow to MTR as delays hit South line
The Standard
Thursday, May 22, 2014

The MTR Corp said part of the construction work for the South Island Line (East) is delayed, in another embarrassing admission by the railway operator.

The company, however, stressed it is working toward the line's scheduled completion and opening next year.

The admission comes amid reports the delay could stretch to 1 years, and follows criticisms of the delay of the multibillion-dollar Express Rail Link and calls to defer the Sha Tin-Central Rail Link after the discovery of relics.

An MTR spokeswoman said the most difficult part of the South Island Line project is in Admiralty, the interchange station of four lines: Island, Tsuen Wan, South Island Line (East) and Sha Tin- Central Rail Link.

It is being expanded to six stories. Three more stories are being built under Harcourt Garden, where the South Island Line platform is at the lowest story.

The MTRC said there are "so many foundations of high-rise buildings" in the area and that "safety and not disrupting the current service are our first concern, which is challenging to us."

It is still the MTRC's objective to complete the line next year, with more than 60 percent of the whole project built, the spokeswoman said.

"But the exact date for the opening is yet to be confirmed," she added.

A spokesman for the Transport and Development Bureau said the Highways Department discovered the lack of progress about half a year ago.

"The MTR replied on February 17 that some difficulties were encounter
ed during construction and that it will try its best to catch up and still expects to complete the project by 2015," the spokesman said.

The department also urged the MTRC to submit plans on how it intends to catch up.

Michael Tien Puk-sun said the Legislative Council subcommittee on matters relating to railways, of which he is the chairman, will follow up the matter in its next meeting on June 13.

"It seems to me the MTR has not reported a lot of matters because they believe they can catch up," he said. "They are not hiding it intentionally, but it is still hiding indirectly."

Tien said delays in the South Island Line have a greater impact on the public than delays in the Express Rail Link.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #3543
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More questions for MTR after latest delay
30 May 2014
South China Morning Post



Hong Kong's monopoly rail operator is finding itself with an unwelcome reputation for delays.

The MTR Corporation, majority-owned by the government, suffered another dose of bad news yesterday when it was forced to reveal that its West Island Line may not fully open this year as scheduled. That means all five of its building projects are likely to be late.

The delays have been announced one after another in the last month, triggering a management reshuffle, putting the brakes on the locomotive that was supposed to power the company's growth and sparking more questions than answers on the future of the city's railways.

While not disputing the fact that a chronic labour shortage in the construction industry and unpredictable weather have been big factors, as the MTR claims, analysts are concerned about how much the delays will add to the cost of the work … and who will pay. They say the rash of postponements also exposes conflicts in the government's dual role as controlling shareholder and regulator.

"It's a rail monopoly, a blue-chip company and [acts as a] a half-government entity in granting land for development," Eric Wong, chairman of property developer Bricks & Mortar Management, said of the MTR. "Its roles are conflicting."

Founded in 1979 to run the city's burgeoning mass-transit network, the MTR floated on the stock exchange in 2000 and merged with its smaller counterpart KCR in 2007 to become the city's monopoly rail operator. Some 5.25 million journeys are made on its network every day, and it reported a HK$8.6 billion profit from its core rail and property operations last year.

The government retains 76.5 per cent of the company's shares.

Five years ago, the rail network looked set for a huge leap forward with five projects that would add 56km to the rail network, an increase of 25 per cent to a total of 274km.

But news of the delays has led to concerns that the unprecedented expansion was too ambitious, and accusations - including from lawmaker and former KCR boss Michael Tien Puk-sun - that the MTR was keeping the public in the dark on the delays, a claim management denied.

Yesterday's revelation that problems at the new Sai Ying Pun station would mean the 3km West Island Line may not open in full this year followed the news that work was well behind schedule on an extension to the Kwun Tong Line, due to be finished next year. Work on the South Island Line, also due to open next year, has likewise fallen behind.

The 17km Sha Tin to Central link, slated to open in part in 2018 and in full in 2020, is also expected to be late. The most high-profile delay, and the first to be announced, was to the 26km high-speed line to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, which will be pushed back two years to 2017.

Albert Lai Kwong-tak, chairman of think-tank Professional Commons, attributed the delays to the government and the MTR's ambitions.

"The MTR has bitten off more than it can chew," he said. "The government underestimated the capacity of infrastructure projects Hong Kong can carry at one time."

An MTR spokeswoman said the corporation did not think its plans were too ambitious, adding that each project was handled by a dedicated team.

Lee Chi-ming, chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers, said the schedule for completion was too tight and the city lacked the human resources to cope with such robust demand. He called for greater transparency from the MTR.

Lai said budget overruns were inevitable, especially on the HK$67 billion cross-border route. He said it would be up to the MTR and the government to sort out the liabilities.

"By default, the project owner, which is the government, should bear the overrun costs," he said. "But we won't know how much extra will be incurred until the projects are completed."

The MTR spokeswoman said it was too early to conclude the projects would go over budget.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 06:24 AM   #3544
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Discounts track MTR rises
The Standard
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The MTR Corp will introduce a new "30-day" ticket and an early bird discount to offset a planned 3.6 percent rise in rail fares from June 29.

The monthly ticket scheme - City Saver - is the first of its kind and will cover a total of 54 stations. This ticket will cost HK$400 for 40 journeys and may be used on the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong to Tsing Yi and Tseung Kwan O lines.

MTR commercial director Jeny Yeung Mei-chun said passengers using City Saver will enjoy a 10 to 24 percent discount.

"As an easy calculation, every trip costs on average of HK$10. For instance, a passenger traveling from Tsuen Wan to Admiralty, a trip which normally costs HK$13.2, will save HK$3.2 per trip or HK$128 a month," Yeung said.

This ticket must first be used within 14 days of purchase with sales starting on Sunday.

Another promotion, the Early Bird Discount, is aimed at those who travel between 7.15am and 8.15am, from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. These passengers will enjoy a 25 percent discount.

The trial promotion will cover 29 of the busiest stations including those from Tai Koo to Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui to Mei Foo or Tsim Sha Tsui to Kowloon, and Hong Kong to Mei Foo.

The discount will, hopefully, "relieve the load on trains and change passengers' travel habits," she said.

The trial promotion will run from September 1 to May 31 next year.

Monthly Pass Extra users who travel onwards beyond the 29 core stations, between 7.15am and 8.15am, will enjoy a further 25 percent discount on top of the original fare discount they receive.

Furthermore, the MTR will extend the "10 percent Same Day Second Trip Discount" scheme from 3.5 months to 10 months. This will be valid from June 29 until April 30 next year.

Yeung said the fare hikes will increase MTR income by about HK$500 million, some of which will be used toward giving ticket concessions.

Following the fare hike, 52 percent will pay an extra 20 cents or less a trip, 26 percent will pay 30 to 40 cents more and 22 percent will pay 50 cents extra.

"According to the Fare Adjustment Mechanism, the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus fares will increase 3.6 percent," said Eddie So Chung-tat, MTR marketing and planning general manager.
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 05:49 AM   #3545
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 06:38 PM   #3546
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Discounts track MTR rises
The Standard
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The MTR Corp will introduce a new "30-day" ticket and an early bird discount to offset a planned 3.6 percent rise in rail fares from June 29.

The monthly ticket scheme - City Saver - is the first of its kind and will cover a total of 54 stations. This ticket will cost HK$400 for 40 journeys and may be used on the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong to Tsing Yi and Tseung Kwan O lines.

MTR commercial director Jeny Yeung Mei-chun said passengers using City Saver will enjoy a 10 to 24 percent discount.

"As an easy calculation, every trip costs on average of HK$10. For instance, a passenger traveling from Tsuen Wan to Admiralty, a trip which normally costs HK$13.2, will save HK$3.2 per trip or HK$128 a month," Yeung said.

This ticket must first be used within 14 days of purchase with sales starting on Sunday.

Another promotion, the Early Bird Discount, is aimed at those who travel between 7.15am and 8.15am, from Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. These passengers will enjoy a 25 percent discount.

The trial promotion will cover 29 of the busiest stations including those from Tai Koo to Sheung Wan, Tsim Sha Tsui to Mei Foo or Tsim Sha Tsui to Kowloon, and Hong Kong to Mei Foo.

The discount will, hopefully, "relieve the load on trains and change passengers' travel habits," she said.

The trial promotion will run from September 1 to May 31 next year.

Monthly Pass Extra users who travel onwards beyond the 29 core stations, between 7.15am and 8.15am, will enjoy a further 25 percent discount on top of the original fare discount they receive.

Furthermore, the MTR will extend the "10 percent Same Day Second Trip Discount" scheme from 3.5 months to 10 months. This will be valid from June 29 until April 30 next year.

Yeung said the fare hikes will increase MTR income by about HK$500 million, some of which will be used toward giving ticket concessions.

Following the fare hike, 52 percent will pay an extra 20 cents or less a trip, 26 percent will pay 30 to 40 cents more and 22 percent will pay 50 cents extra.

"According to the Fare Adjustment Mechanism, the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus fares will increase 3.6 percent," said Eddie So Chung-tat, MTR marketing and planning general manager.
That early bird discount sounds like the Singapore's LTA promo for the early bird travelers which just got extended another year
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Old June 2nd, 2014, 06:48 PM   #3547
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That early bird discount sounds like the Singapore's LTA promo for the early bird travelers which just got extended another year
The MTR actually started off-peak discounts in 1988 but ended the scheme in 1998 when the Tung Chung Line opened.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 06:36 PM   #3548
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Experts urge action before harsh weather ruins relics found at new MTR site
5 June 2014
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Antiquities advisers are worried that sunlight and the imminent typhoon season will ruin ancient relics unearthed at the To Kwa Wan MTR site and urge prompt action to protect them.

The concern was raised at the Antiquities Advisory Board meeting yesterday as members discussed how to strike a balance between consultation and timely action amid heated debate over the handling of the relics.

Dr Liu Wensuo, an archaeologist at Guangzhou's Sun Yat-sen University, who is conducting the archaeological excavation, warned that a round structure - which he called a pit and Chinese University archaeologist Dr Tang Chung earlier identified as a well - was on the verge of collapse. He suggested it be backfilled - refilled with the material dug out of it - for protection.

"It has been almost a month since it was dug out. Recently, the archaeological team has observed that the underground water level is lowering [and] the upper part of the pit is showing signs of collapse," he said.

Liu said exposure to strong sunlight was another threat to the unearthed relics, which date from the Song dynasty (960-1279AD) to the early 20th century.

Members agreed that the archaeological team should go ahead with the backfilling and Stephen Chan Chit-kwai, a director of the Conservancy Association, said the work should be done before severe weather hits.

The archaeological excavation work is required by environmental impact assessment laws for the railway construction.
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Old June 16th, 2014, 04:02 PM   #3549
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We'll do better next time, transport minister Anthony Cheung says
South China Morning Post
14 June 2014



Future railway projects will be planned in a better way, the transport minister has promised after it emerged that delays were threatening all five MTR lines under construction.

Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said two delays announced on Thursday reflected engineering difficulties in the projects and a shortage of labour.

"We will learn from this experience and review planning issues in the construction of future railways," he said yesterday.

But Cheung warned that future challenges could be tougher because of other infrastructure projects the city might carry out.

Proposed railways include a line parallel to the Island Line, a link between the Hong Kong and Shenzhen airports, and one serving planned new towns in the northeastern New Territories.

The public was consulted on these proposals in the past two years and the government is due to reveal its decision this year.

On Thursday, the MTR Corporation admitted there would be a delay of six months, to 2016, in opening the Kwun Tong line extension - linking Yau Ma Tei, Ho Man Tin and Whampoa - and the South Island line, to run between Admiralty and South Horizons.

The West Island line, due to open by the end of the year, and the first phase of the Sha Tin-Central link, supposed to be finished by 2018, might not meet their deadlines, the MTR said.

The news came two months after the company admitted a two-year delay in the opening of a high-speed link to Guangzhou. MTR could have been too optimistic when it set 2015 as the year the South Island line would be ready, the project's construction manager Ken Wong Kin-wai said. The project was short of 1,000 workers, he said.

The labour shortage was also cited by the Kwun Tong line extension's project manager James Chow So-hung as a major reason for its delay.

Protesters rallied outside the MTR headquarters, calling on the company to explain more clearly the reasons for the delays.
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Six-month delay for two new MTR lines
The Standard
Friday, June 13, 2014

Two more MTR projects have fallen behind schedule by six months and cannot be completed next year.

The delays to the South Island and Kwun Tong line extensions bring to five the number of delayed projects, the company admitted yesterday.

The others are the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the Sha Tin to Central Link and the West Island Line.

MTR Corporation chief executive Jay Walder apologized and admitted that the scheduled completion dates for both extensions cannot be met due to construction difficulties at Admiralty and Whampoa stations.

He said both projects are at least six months behind schedule, but stressed that everything will be done to speed them up.

South Island Line project manager Ken Wong Kin-wai said that, except for the interchange at Admiralty, all tunnels of the extension have been bored.

Kwun Tong Line extension project manager James Chow So-hung said only 40 percent of Whampoa station has been finished, although 90 percent of tunneling work has been completed.

Walder said the delays are mainly due to the complexity of the construction methods as well as the extremely tight space constraints and heavily developed areas that they are working in.

Maintaining safety for passengers, the community and workers on-site is of overall importance.

He added that, for the South Island Line, the most complex part of the extension work is that of the ground under the existing railway lines.

Chow said Whampoa is an old district and many tubes there are aging and need to be changed before construction can continue.

He said the protection works for underground utilities and limited working space have extended the process during the early stage of construction.

Michael Tien Puk-sun, chairman of Legco's railway subcommittee, said it was good for the MTRC to make a timely announcement about the delays as it was too optimistic about progress when it first took over several projects.

"The MTRC did not anticipate any accidents or obstacles happening," Tien said.

He added the company should clearly explain the reasons behind the delays, including whether they are due to the lack of ground investigation work or any pre-construction work.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said the government will report on the delays to Legco next Tuesday. He said his department received an update about the delays a week ago.

Gary Fan Kwok-wai, vice chairman of Legco's transport panel, fears that delays in MTR projects will become the norm.
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Railway report hit by delays at MTR works
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Construction delays on various MTR lines have forced the government to defer the release of a report on the long-term development of the territory's railway network.

The postponement of the report will enable the government to first address a series of delays plaguing five new lines that are currently under construction.

Undersecretary for Transport and Housing Yau Shing-mu told the Legislative Council's subcommittee on railways that he hoped the report, which will propose locations of new railway lines after 2020, can be released to the public before September.

The delayed projects are Guangzhou- Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the Sha Tin to Central Link, the West Island line, South Island line (East) and the Kwun Tong line extension.

Democratic Party lawmaker Wu Chi-wai called into question the ability of the Highways Department to supervise the MTR, and asked it for a list of its engineers.

Wu revealed that 23 pan-democrats plan to table a motion to set up a special committee to investigate the delay of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link at next Wednesday's Legco meeting.

Around 100 people protested outside the legislature before the subcommittee meeting began. Protesters called on the MTR to compensate residents affected by the delay of the new lines.
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5 new lines???
No, there are - 1 new line (South Island Line (East), Island Line extension (dubbed as West Island line), merger of Ma On Shan and West Lines and East Rail Line extension to Admiralty (both part of Sha Tin to Central Link) and Kwung Tong Line extension to Whampoa. HSR is new
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The big picture map : http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/sustainabi...pt/network.pdf

West Island Line



Shatin - Central Link



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Kwun Tong Line Extension

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The latest "official" map is from their 2013 annual report
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/investrela...rpt_e/E105.pdf

and this is my presentation of the map including latest "rumors" for accepted plans of RDS-2U, which is scheduled to be revealed this summer.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fxoavc6xqw...-map-rds2u.pdf
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Taken on 29th May, MTR oficials represents first look at Kennedy Town station, taken from here:



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Topping out ceremony for South Island Line (East) depot
25 Jun 2014



CHINA: A topping-out ceremony for Wong Chuk Hang depot on Hong Kong’s 7 km South Island Line (East) project was held on June 24. The 40 000 m² depot is the first in Hong Kong to be designed for unattended train operation.

Completion of the depot structure will enable fitting out, tracklaying and electrification works to be undertaken ready for testing and commissioning of the 10 three-car trainsets being supplied by Changchun Railway Vehicles Co.

‘I am happy to witness the topping out of Wong Chuk Hang depot which takes us a step closer towards the opening of SIL(E),’ said Chu Ching-hong, Chairman of Southern District Council. ‘I believe the new railway will energise the Wong Chuk Hang area and the whole Southern District, as well as provide residents with a convenient transportation service.’
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North Island Line: Swap Scheme or Interchange Scheme - Which scheme should we go with?

In February 2013, two schemes were proposed for the North Island Line: A "swap" scheme and an "interchange" scheme. Three new stations will be established along the line: Tamar, Exhibition (an interchange with the North-South Corridor), and Causeway Bay North.

The "Swap" scheme involves extending the existing Tung Chung Line along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island connecting with Forest Hill Station and take up the remaining Island Line section to Chai Wan Station. Also, the Tseun Kwan O Line will extend from its current westbound terminus at North Point Station to the Tin Hau Station, and take up the remaining Island Line to Kennedy Town Station. Plus, the section of track between Tin Hau and Fortress Hill will be removed.

The "Interchange" scheme involves preserving the existing Island Line and the existing Tung Chung Line and Tseung Kwan O Line will be extended along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. The three new stations will be constructed along the extensions, and either Tamar or Causeway Bay North station will be chosen as an interchange between the two lines.

So, if this North Island Line were to be conceived, which of these two schemes should we go with?
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In February 2013, two schemes were proposed for the North Island Line: A "swap" scheme and an "interchange" scheme. Three new stations will be established along the line: Tamar, Exhibition (an interchange with the North-South Corridor), and Causeway Bay North.

The "Swap" scheme involves extending the existing Tung Chung Line along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island connecting with Forest Hill Station and take up the remaining Island Line section to Chai Wan Station. Also, the Tseun Kwan O Line will extend from its current westbound terminus at North Point Station to the Tin Hau Station, and take up the remaining Island Line to Kennedy Town Station. Plus, the section of track between Tin Hau and Fortress Hill will be removed.

The "Interchange" scheme involves preserving the existing Island Line and the existing Tung Chung Line and Tseung Kwan O Line will be extended along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island. The three new stations will be constructed along the extensions, and either Tamar or Causeway Bay North station will be chosen as an interchange between the two lines.

So, if this North Island Line were to be conceived, which of these two schemes should we go with?
Interchange with through operation. I know the signalling systems are different. However I believe that it is worth re signalling or figuring out a way for the signals to co-exist on the same line to remove the forced transfer. If the Japanese can figure it out then we can too.
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Rumors from the local railway fans community said that the Interchange option may be perused, with Tung Chung Line and Tseung Kwan O Line both extended to Tamar. Tamar will be modified to become an interchange station.

There are also rumors regarding other lines, with the Northern link and the 1st phase of South Island Line (West section) may gain traction to start after the current boom of construction.
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