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Old November 11th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #3641
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11 November 2014
MTR Island Line Service Extends to HKU and Kennedy Town at End-December 2014
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With the West Island Line project 98% complete, the MTR Corporation today (11 November 2014) confirmed that the new 3-kilometre rail
extension will start passenger operations at the end of December 2014, bringing much-anticipated MTR Island Line service from Sheung Wan
into the heart of Western District. Of the extension's three new stations, HKU and Kennedy Town will open at the end of December with Sai Ying Pun expected at the end of the first quarter in 2015. The remaining statutory inspection, stress tests on railway facilities, drills and exercises will continue to be conducted to prepare the railway for passenger service. The exact opening date of the new extension will be announced in December.

"We are very excited that from the end of next month, the convenience of rail transport will become a part of daily life for commuters living in and travelling to Western District. What's more, getting around the district on foot will be more convenient when the integrated pedestrian network of all-weather walkways, lifts and escalators built as a part of this community project opens at the same time. I want to especially thank the Western District community and residents for their immense support of the project throughout and tolerance of the inconveniences caused by construction works over the last five years," said Mr Lincoln Leong, Acting Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.

"Initially, trains will serve passengers at only HKU and Kennedy Town stations as difficult ground conditions in Sai Ying Pun mean the required number of entrances will not be completed in time to open that station in December. As such, we will be offering a $2 'Sai Ying Pun Station re-opening Special Discount' to encourage commuters living and working in the vicinity of the station to use the new train service from Sheung Wan or HKU," added Mr Leong.

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When the Island Line extension opens, the frequency of trains between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town stations will be the same as that for the rest of the Island Line, that is, one train approximately every 2 minutes during peak periods and every 4 minutes during weekday on-peak periods. The journey from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town will take just 7 minutes.
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Old November 19th, 2014, 04:47 AM   #3642
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West Island Line set to open next month
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fares for the new three-kilometer West Island Line, to open by the end of next month, will be similar to those on the existing Island Line.

But only two of the extension's three stations Kennedy Town and HKU, which serves the University of Hong Kong will be opened because Sai Ying Pun is being delayed until the first quarter as the required number of entrances will not be completed on time.

The seven-minute ride from HKU to Sheung Wan will cost HK$4.20, similar to Admiralty to Sheung Wan.

Kennedy Town to Causeway Bay will cost HK$6.20, Kennedy Town to Chai Wan HK$9.40, and further to Prince Edward HK$11.10, similar to the route from Fortress Hill to Prince Edward.

All stations from the Kwun Tong Line and Tseung Kwan O Line to Kennedy Town will cost HK$13.20 while Kennedy Town to Sheung Shui will be HK$21.20 and all the way to Tung Chung, HK$24.20.

Sai Ying Pun exits on First and Second streets will mark the station's opening for custom in the first quarter, while the Ki Ling Lane entrance will stay shut until the end of next year.

When first operational, trains will bypass Sai Ying Pun or, if they stop, doors will not open.

MTR operations director Jacob Kam Chak-pui said Western District has a population of over 200,000 and the station will serve 90 percent of the residents' needs.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:27 AM   #3643
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First MTR Lift-only Entrances at HKU and Sai Ying Pun Stations Provide Convenient Vertical Access

First MTR Lift-only Entrances at HKU and Sai Ying Pun Stations Provide Convenient Vertical Access
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19 November 2014
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When HKU Station opens at the end of December and Sai Ying Pun Station opens at the end of the first quarter of 2015 on the extended MTR Island Line, they will be the first stations in the rail network to feature “Lift-only Entrances”, which connect the hillside and lower levels in Western District, for the convenience of passengers and pedestrians alike.

To ensure a smooth flow of people, each lift at the Lift-only Entrances is designed with doors on two sides, one for users to enter and the other for exit. Special queuing arrangements will be implemented with clearly marked lift positions and queue lines.

The Lift-only Entrances feature enhanced designs from normal lifts including:
  • Dual feed essential power supply, fire resistant power cable and addition of individual control function to enhance reliability;
  • Extra fire and smoke protection devices such as fire curtains, pressurised refuge lift lobbies and protected staircases to enhance passenger safety in emergency cases;
  • Flashing signs and public announcements to direct passengers to leave the station safely via protected staircases and refuge lifts in the event of fire in nearby passageways;
  • Designated refuge points for persons with disabilities;
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Old November 20th, 2014, 03:00 AM   #3644
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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:51 AM   #3645
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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:31 PM   #3646
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Saving ancient wells: money down the drain?
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Preserving three ancient wells at the To Kwa Wan station of the MTR's Sha Tin to Central link will cost a staggering HK$5.4 billion more, it was revealed yesterday.

That is equivalent to some one million Hongkongers living in poverty getting a government subsidy of HK$5,400 each.

So far, measures to protect the Song Dynasty wells and building structures uncovered by the construction of the MTR link have cost about HK$3.1 billion and delayed the project by 15 months.

The in-situ preservation of the archaeological find is estimated to cost a further HK$1 billion.

Four options on how to handle one of the three wells have been presented, with the additional costs ranging from HK$10 million to HK$1.3 billion.

Added together, the total additional cost could reach HK$5.4 billion, sources said.

Analysts said it is necessary for the government to assess if the wells are worth preserving from an archaeological perspective for a staggering amount of taxpayers' money that could otherwise be used to help the poor and improve welfare.

Antiquities Advisory Board members met with government department officials yesterday to discuss the four options to preserve one well and water channels.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said three of the options will result in four more months of delay and additional costs ranging from HK$800 million to HK$1.3 billion.

"It is important to reach a decision as soon as possible because each month's delay will induce an additional project cost of about HK$250 million and the progress of the Sha Tin to Central Link project may be further delayed," he said.

The most costly option of HK$1.3 billion is to preserve the well and water channel in situ, meaning it would be located permanently at the MTR station concourse.

The second option, costing HK$1.2 billion, is to dismantle the water channel by hand, construct a steel structure for the well and preserve the site, while reassembling the water channel at its original location after the station's construction is completed.

A cheaper option, at HK$800 million, is to first dismantle the water channel by hand and construct a steel structure to protect the well.

The steel structure would then be removed with the well, then the well and water channel would be reinstated elsewhere.

The fourth option, costing just HK$10 million, is to dismantle the well and water channel and reassemble them somewhere else. This would not cause any further delays to the construction of the Sha Tin to Central Link.

Mainland archaeological expert Liu Wensuo suggested moving the well elsewhere and rebuilding the structure, similar to some historic sites in China.

Although the rebuilt site could not be exactly the same as the original, Li said this would not matter to visitors.
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 07:21 PM   #3647
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First Pair of Automatic Platform Gates Installed on Ma On Shan Line
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The installation of Automatic Platform Gates (APG) for the Ma On Shan Line (MOL) has commenced on 18 November 2014 and the first set of APGs is now in place on Platform 4 of Tai Wai Station. Other than Tai Wai Station, similar works will gradually begin at City One, Sha Tin Wai, Che Kung Temple and Shek Mun Stations.

“It is always challenging to carry out modification works on an operating railway. In order not to disturb normal passenger service and regular maintenance works, we can only work for two hours overnight after the last passenger train of the day. For installation of APGs, the construction team has to finish precise electrical & mechanical works and conduct a series of tests to ensure a highly accurate operation of the gates before we return the platform to railway service in the morning,” said Mr T M Lee, Acting General Manager – SCL of MTR Corporation. “To fully utilize the limited time we have, the works programme has to be carefully designed and devised to account for how every minute is to be used.”

Once installation is completed in existing service areas, the operation of APGs will commence. “During the retrofitting works, we will deploy additional station assistants to alert passengers to the APG operation when boarding and alighting trains to ensure safety. Passengers will be informed of the related works arrangements through various channels including station notices and broadcasts,” said Mr Allen Ding, Operations Manager – East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line, “Understanding passengers’ desire for APGs, we are committed to bring forward the completion of APG installations in MOL in 2017, one year earlier than planned.”

The new APGs are designed and manufactured in Switzerland. A total of 720 APGs will be installed on 18 platforms at 9 stations.

Upon the commissioning of the Shatin to Central Link East West Corridor, MOL will change from the existing 4-car train operations to 8-car trains. The modification works include platform and roof extension at MOL stations. APGs will be retrofitted at both the existing service area and the extended platform area.
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 07:32 PM   #3648
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Old November 30th, 2014, 07:11 AM   #3649
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Board mulls best option for artifacts
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

The preservation of an ancient well and artifacts found near the To Kwa Wan station of the Sha Tin to Central Link is to be discussed by the Antiquities Advisory Board next Thursday.

Board chairman Andrew Lam Siu-lo said it is necessary for the government and MTR to provide details of the financial arrangement for each option, but stressed that personally he would not consider the cost of preservation as the most important element.

He said the details should include how much is directly related to the archaeology and preservation, the construction cost, and who is to pay for the delay in construction, adding that lack of detailed information will affect decision making.

Lam said the preservation option is the best as this would allow the public to truly understand the history of the territory.

He added that the eventual display of the historic relics will be decided by social groups.

Eleven board members visited the To Kwa Wan site yesterday to check on the newest discoveries, which include the location of an original embankment of Ma Tau Chung and the structures of road and house near J5 Well.

Lam said the structures extend to the original Ma Tau Chau coastline in To Kwa Wan.

The Conservancy Association's Peter Lee Siu-man said he too supports the preservation of the wells where they stand.

But he said a third party needs to evaluate the cost. "Even if it costs HK$1.3 billion, it's worth it. It's the only one in Hong Kong," he said.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 07:47 PM   #3650
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 11:47 AM   #3651
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Is the Island Line receiving C Stock trains for the West Island Line?
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Is the Island Line receiving C Stock trains for the West Island Line?
It may, it may not... as I understand, the C stock fleet is entirely assigned to the Kwun Tong Line for now.
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Old December 3rd, 2014, 03:27 PM   #3653
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Tseung Kwan O gets more trains
2 December 2014
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There will be an extra 237 weekly trips added to the Tseung Kwan O MTR line from Monday, shortening the waiting time for commuters.

MTR Corp said of the upgraded service, 201 train trips will be added to morning and evening peak periods, boosting passenger capacity by 11.5 percent.

Services will become more frequent, with every group of three trains departing from North Point station at intervals of 2.5 minutes, two minutes and two minutes " compared to the current intervals of 2.5 minutes per train.

The first two trains will be destined for Po Lam station , while the third will head to LOHAS Park.
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Today (Friday) was very interesting:

The Island Line trains were operating 30 secs intervals.
Is it safe?
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Huh? No they weren't.
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Today (Friday) was very interesting:

The Island Line trains were operating 30 secs intervals.
Is it safe?
Intervals in HK metro are not that short at all. Neither are they 1.5 minutes like we do have in Moscow here. During rush hour, I think, on Island line it is every 2.5 minutes.
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Huh? No they weren't.
Maybe because they spent 30 secs opening and closing their doors.
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Intervals in HK metro are not that short at all. Neither are they 1.5 minutes like we do have in Moscow here. During rush hour, I think, on Island line it is every 2.5 minutes.
It's every 2 minutes now after they bought more trains from China. But it's still not as frequent as Moscow Metro.
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Oh well - cheapest option wins
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Friday, December 05, 2014

The heritage board has decided on the cheapest no-delay option to "preserve" the third Song dynasty well and aqueduct found at the future To Kwa Wan station on the delayed Sha Tin-Central Link.

The Antiquities Advisory Board yesterday decided that option one, costing HK$10 million, would be the best choice for the well and its water channel.

Depending on the methods used, the cost could go up to HK$170 million, the MTR said, but it would be much less than the HK$1.3 billion if the ancient structures are left untouched.

The stone well of the Song-Yuan period named Well J2 and associated with an early 20th century stone water channel, discovered on top of the station roof will be removed and dismantled by hand.

It will be kept somewhere else so construction - already delayed by 11 months - can resume.

Board chairman Andrew Lam Siu- lo said: "We focused on the interpretation value and the heritage value of the well and also the water channel.

"In that sense, we decided on the proposal to dismantle the well by hand and reinstate it in the future with the flexibility confirmed by the MTRC that there is a possibility that we could reinstate the well and the duct at the same location."

MTR said if the well is put back at the station at a higher height for display, the station will have to be expanded at a cost of HK$170 million more.

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Lam said the government had already decided to preserve in-situ two other wells, J1 and J5, but Well J2 was different.

"The biggest difference between J2 and other wells is it is an isolated one," Lam said. "The cultural area around it was destroyed."

He said well J2 was dissected twice.
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Preserved relics at MTR site ‘should tell story’
6 December 2014
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Heritage advisers and archaeologists have called for a more holistic approach to preserving and reconstructing relics found at the future To Kwa Wan station.

Their call came a day after the Antiquities Advisory Board endorsed the government’s preferred plan for dealing with an ancient well found at the top of the station site.

Under that scheme, the well would be dismantled and reassembled later. But the decision came with a condition – the well should be restored at or near the original location.

This option would cost an extra HK$10 million, compared to between HK$800 million and HK$1.3 billion for the other options, and cause no further delay to the opening of the extended railway, scheduled for 2018.

The government has pledged to spend another HK$1 billion to preserve seven of the 249 archaeological features uncovered so far, including two other wells dating to the Song (960-1279) or Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties and some stone buildings. But board member and architect Philip Liao Yi-kang said such a conservation approach did not go far enough.

“The city needs a strategy to reassemble the jigsaw puzzles instead of preserving individual artefacts bit by bit,” said Liao, who urged the MTR Corporation during the Thursday board meeting to pursue a station design that showcases the relics.

“In Rome, relics dating to different periods have been well-displayed. Stories are reconstructed in a way that visitors are reconnected with the past. It is of high educational value,” he said.

Secretary for development Paul Chan Mo-po, who will make the final decision as to how the project will go ahead, said earlier in his blog that the archaeological finds could be part of the heritage trail connecting the south gate of the Kowloon Walled City and the Lung Tsun Stone Bridge.
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