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Old August 19th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #3581
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600 more MTR trips pledge in debut by boss
19 August 2014
The Standard

The new MTR acting chief said there will be 600 additional weekly train trips from late this month in the second round of service enhancements.

On his first day in the job, Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen also promised to deliver five new railway projects in a "safe and timely manner'' and to be transparent when reporting any mega-project hiccups.

Leong was made acting chief after MTR chief executive Jay Walder stepped down, a year before his contract expired.

The last day for American Walder was Friday.

His early departure was announced last month following a stinging criticism of his leadership of the delayed multibillion- dollar Express Rail Link project and other mega-projects.

Leong said yesterday: "The MTR's new railway projects' construction progress is complex.

"But if there is any situation [which influences the schedule], I would tell the public as soon as possible.'' From August 29, the West Rail Line will have eight additional train trips on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm to midnight.

From September 1, extra trips would be introduced on the Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Island, Tseung Kwan O, and Tung Chung lines.

Leong believes the extra trips may further ease some of the crowding during the busy morning peak period.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 04:20 PM   #3582
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Detours at Hung Hom lie ahead
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Passengers passing through Hung Hom MTR station in the first half of next year will need to make a detour to transfer lines due to construction work on the Sha Tin to Central Link.

Many shops in the complex will have to close and alighting passengers need to walk to another section of the concourse to continue their journeys. Train services will not be affected, MTR construction manager Patrick Cheng Kai-shing said.

Work on the HK$5 billion renovation to transform Hung Hom station into a hub for the new railway link begins next month.

The link will make it possible to travel from Hung Hom to Admiralty in just five minutes, compared with 18 minutes currently.

Two new platform levels will see the link's East-West and North-South corridors converge for passenger interchange, Cheng said.

A new connection between the mid-level walkway and concourse levels will enhance access to Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui and the Cross-Harbour Tunnel area.

The first phase of the renovation will affect the section of the concourse between exits C2 and C3. Shops including McDonald's, Mannings and Fortress will be closed.

Outlets affected will not receive any compensation, MTR head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee said. "[We] notified the shops at the beginning of the year. They have started to prepare for the closure."

Intercity Through Train passengers will have to exit the station on arrival and take a detour through an external covered footpath to take a train to their final destinations.

Exit C3 will be closed while the Customer Service Centre, and the ticket issuing, add- value and ATM machines will be relocated.

Cheng said renovation will take place in phases and after services end at midnight, to minimize inconvenience to passengers.

"Construction sites will be surrounded by boards and soundproof materials to reduce impact on passengers and other shops," he said. Extra station assistants will also be on hand.

Cheng said all works are expected to be completed in 2016. The 17-kilometer Sha Tin to Central Link will have 10 stations and a new cross-harbor section.
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Old August 21st, 2014, 02:19 AM   #3583
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MRT has done it already on its website so I suppose I am allowed to do it too, Hong Kong and Shenzhen on the same metro map:



Higher resolution image:
http://www.inat.fr/files/hong-kong-s...subway-map.png
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Old September 5th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #3584
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A little about HK East Rail line in my Livejournal. Please google-translate it:

http://ncd2010.livejournal.com/109012.html

There's also plenty of information on how I got through the border from Shenzhen to HK at Futian Checkpoint.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 11:39 AM   #3585
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Triple whammy for travelers on MTR
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014




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Thousands of MTR passengers were evacuated from trains or inconvenienced in three incidents within 11 hours yesterday.

The first occurred just after midnight on the East Rail Line when a train heading south stopped at Tai Po Market because of a power supply problem, according to an MTR spokeswoman.

Hundreds of passengers were forced to leave carriages and take the next train. The spokeswoman said a wayward lantern became entangled with cables and this may have affected the power supply to the train.

A witness said he heard a strange sound and then saw a spark on the top of the train, which was later taken to a marshalling yard for repairs.

At 8.30am, trains heading to Yau Ma Tei stopped at Mong Kok and Prince Edward stations and all passengers were evacuated.

This was also believed to be related to a short circuit.

Train services were resumed 15 minutes later.

A witness, surnamed Wong, said the door of the train at Prince Edward was open when he heard a loud sound.

"Passengers were terrified and immediately left," he said, adding there was smoke coming from the top of the train, along with the smell of something burning.

Firefighters, who were called in to check the train, said a cable over the second door on the second carriage was damaged.

At about 11am, a train from Fan Ling to University station stopped for three to four minutes when the circuit breaker was tripped because of a power supply problem.

The MTR spokeswoman said there was no evidence to suggest the three incidents were related.
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Old September 13th, 2014, 12:58 AM   #3586
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http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/港鐵北車長客電動列車_(交流電)

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Old September 13th, 2014, 01:47 AM   #3587
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MTR's new train color scheme.







By T. Concerto on the SG Trains Forum.

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Old September 14th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #3588
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East Rail Line to Shenzhen

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Old September 14th, 2014, 01:24 PM   #3589
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That reminds me of Paris's MF 01 's new livery!
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Old September 14th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #3590
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Do you guys have any news on RSD 2U or the Kai Tak Tram/Monorail?
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Old September 15th, 2014, 10:45 AM   #3591
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Do you guys have any news on RSD 2U or the Kai Tak Tram/Monorail?
The authority will reveal their plan within this month. Some info have been leaked through local media:

Schemes likely to be implemented
  • South Island Line (West Section)
  • Northern Link
  • Tuen Mun South extension and Hung Shui Kiu station
  • Tung Chung West extension (and probably Tung Chung East station)
  • North Island Line (still undecided if Island Line is splitted or not, consultation is planned for final arrangement)
Schemes not to be implemented
  • Tuen Mun-Tsuen Wan Link
  • Siu Sai Wan extension
Schemes not mentioned in the leaked info
  • Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Express Line
There is a scheduled Legco Committee meeting on Sep 29 discussing this matter. Kai Tak monorail is not part of RDS-2U, but the authority favors monorail and direct connection to Kwun Tong MTR instead of terminate it within some walking distance.
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Old September 15th, 2014, 12:15 PM   #3592
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I don't get why they don't build the Siu Sai Wan extension now.
Isn't it just a simple one station extension?

Is there any news that the south island lines east will open in 2015?
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Old September 15th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #3593
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I don't get why they don't build the Siu Sai Wan extension now.
Isn't it just a simple one station extension?

Is there any news that the south island lines east will open in 2015?
I think the extension is extremely difficult to build from Chai Wan to Siu Sai Wan as Chai Wan is an elevated station. It would make far more sense for the Siu Sai Wan branch to connect with Heng Fa Chuen and run underground.
This would create a Y shaped Island Line like the East Rail Line (with the Lo Wu/ Lok Ma Chau split after Sheung Shui Station).

I'm also pretty sure the South Island Line cannot be completed in 2015, but the western extension of the Island Line will definitely be open in 2015.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 10:51 AM   #3594
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I don't get why they don't build the Siu Sai Wan extension now.
Isn't it just a simple one station extension?

Is there any news that the south island lines east will open in 2015?
Nope - the extension from the current end of line is very difficult.

1) Buildings have to be removed - we are talking about public housing.
2) Tight curves under the cemetery to get close to Siu Sai Wan - which slows the train speed.

Check out this map and you would see why.
http://osm.org/go/41dO40qe

Accurate opening dates of West Island Line will be announced in October. Opening of South Island Line (East) has pushed back to 2016.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 11:41 AM   #3595
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I think the extension is extremely difficult to build from Chai Wan to Siu Sai Wan as Chai Wan is an elevated station. It would make far more sense for the Siu Sai Wan branch to connect with Heng Fa Chuen and run underground.
This would create a Y shaped Island Line like the East Rail Line (with the Lo Wu/ Lok Ma Chau split after Sheung Shui Station).

I'm also pretty sure the South Island Line cannot be completed in 2015, but the western extension of the Island Line will definitely be open in 2015.
Actually for a Y-shaped branch, the Siu Sai Wan branch should not even stop at Heng Fa Chuen Station. Instead it would make more sense to pass under Heng Fa Chuen depot and the Cargo Handling Basin to reach Siu Sai Wan. Still the difficulty of construction and Siu Sai Wan's population don't justify it, unlike Hin Keng.
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Old September 17th, 2014, 02:38 PM   #3596
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RSD 2 U just got released it has got an unexpected plan to redo the East Kowloon Line!
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Old September 17th, 2014, 05:49 PM   #3597
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I think this is the latest one:

http://www.hyd.gov.hk/en/publication.../rds2014_e.pdf
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Old September 18th, 2014, 05:17 AM   #3598
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Yes this is it. Here is a quick rundown and the tentative finishing years:
  • Northern Link and Kwu Tung Station (2018-23)
  • Tuen Mun South Extension (2019-22)
  • East Kowloon Line (2019-25) [A new line]
  • Tung Chung West Extension (2020-24)
  • Hung Shui Kiu Station (2021-24)
  • South Island Line (West Section) (2021-26)
  • North Island Line (Interchange Scheme) (2021-26)

And a new map to illustrate what would be happening:
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Old September 18th, 2014, 12:52 PM   #3599
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Yeah! The North Island Line interchange scheme will be used!
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Old September 18th, 2014, 03:20 PM   #3600
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Wow, that's a very ambitious plan for MTR expansion - I really like the plan. Also glad to see HK island getting a good amount of MTR expansion too.
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