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Old December 7th, 2014, 07:46 AM   #3661
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It would be great if they could turn To Kwa Wan station into a Song dynasty museum, rename it 宋皇台 and preserve the rich history of the area. The station itself could be a destination. That's probably asking for too much though.
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Old December 8th, 2014, 04:29 PM   #3662
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Old December 8th, 2014, 06:36 PM   #3663
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Another preview on Island Line extension:

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Old December 9th, 2014, 10:02 AM   #3664
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Antiquities board chairman backs public access to MTR station relics
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While two prominent archaeologists have raised doubts over the MTR's plan to redesign To Kwa Wan station to preserve unearthed relics, the head of the Antiquities Advisory Board has argued that public display should be an important consideration when deciding how to handle the artefacts.

"The display of the relics was our top consideration during our discussion," said board chairman Andrew Lam Siu-lo. "We can't say we would just dismiss concerns over financial costs or possible delays of the railway project … but the public has to be able to see the relics to understand the history behind them. If people can't see them, it is meaningless."

While acknowledging that archaeologists may hold different opinions from academics, Lam said board members - as the government's heritage advisers - should listen to the collective view of society. "An archaeological perspective may be different from a public perspective when it comes to the conservation of a site," he said.

Lam also said that the money spent directly on the relics formed just a small part of the cost estimate announced by the MTR Corporation, and that a large portion was provision for compensation claims that may be made by contractors, due to delays.

According to a breakdown of the cost estimate, which the MTR submitted last week, the extended archaeological dig has caused the budget to overrun by HK$3.1 billion. Of that amount, HK$1.7 billion has been set aside for possible compensation claims.

The MTR Corporation said the recently announced initiatives to preserve the archaeological features in situ would cost another HK$1.01 billion.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 05:08 PM   #3665
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MTR extension ready to roll in two weeks
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The long-awaited train link between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town will open on December 28.

It will take MTR passengers just seven minutes to make the three-kilometer journey.

However, in announcing the new service, MTR Corp operations director Jacob Kam Chak-pui said that trains will not stop at Sai Ying Pun station along the new West Island Line because of a construction delay.

The green light to begin the service followed all the required statutory inspections and tests.

The first train from Kennedy Town will depart at 6am for Chai Wan.

Kam said contingency plans will be in place should problems arise after the line goes into operation. But he expects them to be minor.

The frequency of train services will be the same as the Island Line, with departures every two minutes during peak periods and every four minutes off-peak.
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Old December 14th, 2014, 06:57 AM   #3666
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Delays on MTR link, lack of platform doors seen as suicide risk
14 December 2014
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Delays to the long-awaited Sha Tin-to-Central link could have a human cost, suicide-prevention experts warned as they called on the MTR Corporation to speed up installation of platform safety doors at stations.

A total of 22 stations on the East Rail and Ma On Shan lines still lack doors, leaving open access to the track. They will be installed as part of the work on the new railway, which is due to open in 2018 but is behind schedule.

From 2005 to April this year, 27 people took their own lives on stations run by the former KCR - including all of those without platform doors. In the same period, Transport Bureau figures show, nine people killed themselves at other MTR stations, with none since 2011.

Without action "there will be more accidents that are preventable", warned Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai, director of the Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention at the University of Hong Kong.

Yip said that for almost a decade, his research team had urged the MTR to install doors at all platforms because they have been proved to prevent suicides and accidents.

"It's not just for suicide prevention, it's for accidents, too. Some older people may slip, or even dogs," Yip said, in reference to an incident in August when a stray dog was killed after wandering on to the East Rail Line.

A spokeswoman for the MTR said gates would be installed on the two lines during the Sha Tin-to-Central project, which would involve platform modifications and a new signalling system.

"As some East Rail Line stations are about 100 years old, the platform structure has to be strengthened and the curvature at some platforms has to be adjusted," she said.

But with the HK$80 billion project 11 months behind schedule - in part because of the discovery of relics at the To Kwa Wan station site - Yip fears more unnecessary deaths.

"We have talked to the MTR for almost a decade and it is a matter of urgency now," he said. "When you go to Kowloon Tong or Sha Tin, there is quite a bit of risk … there are more cases at these two stations."

Yip said this was partly because of a significant increase in the number of passengers on the East Rail line, which serves cross-border travellers.

Stephen Law Chi-kin, who has researched suicide prevention in Hong Kong and Australia, echoed Yip's comments.

"Certainly, almost all incidences - both suicides and accidents - occurring at railway platforms would be prevented if the MTR could install the safety doors sooner," he said.

The former KCR lines - which include the West Rail, where platform doors have been installed - have seen 54 accidents since 2005, of which one was fatal. There were 37 accidents on the other lines, which were run by MTR before its 2008 merger.

"After the installation of the safety doors, the number of suicides has dropped but accidents and suicides on the MTR are still occurring," Yip said.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 07:26 PM   #3667
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Old December 17th, 2014, 07:29 PM   #3668
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Track laying between Ocean Park and South Horizons stations on South Island line, taken from MTR's Facebook page:

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Old December 21st, 2014, 08:38 AM   #3669
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Next week Hong Kong will celebrate opening of Kennedy Town and HKU stations on Island line. These photos are from Wikimedia Commons. Kennedy Town station:





















And Hong Kong University station:





















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Old December 21st, 2014, 02:33 PM   #3670
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It's pretty interesting.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 06:15 PM   #3671
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This photo taken in Ocean Express funicular is the winner of 2014 National Geographic photo contest. Photo by Brian Yen:
http://photography.nationalgeographi...-contest/2014/

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Old December 22nd, 2014, 06:26 PM   #3672
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This photo taken in MTR train is the winner of 2014 National Geographic photo contest. Photo by Brian Yen:
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This is on the Ocean Express in Ocean Park.
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Old December 22nd, 2014, 06:35 PM   #3673
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This is on the Ocean Express in Ocean Park.
I never knew about that, I found in article in Russian where it said that it was in MTR. Thanks for info
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Old December 23rd, 2014, 11:30 AM   #3674
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New MTR map on urbanrail.net:

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Old December 23rd, 2014, 03:43 PM   #3675
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I think the Island line will remain the Island line. If I recall correctly, in the latest plans they will not connect the Tseung Kwan O line to the Island line, but instead probably to the Tung Chung line.
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Old December 25th, 2014, 09:06 AM   #3676
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I think the Island line will remain the Island line. If I recall correctly, in the latest plans they will not connect the Tseung Kwan O line to the Island line, but instead probably to the Tung Chung line.
Yes - the latest plan connects Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O Lines at Tamar station.

There are 2 minor issues on that map as well:
- The Northern Link no longer bifurcates to Lok Ma Chau
- There is a Tung Chung East station to the east of Tung Chung to serve the extension of Tung Chung New Town
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Old December 25th, 2014, 09:48 AM   #3677
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Yes - the latest plan connects Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O Lines at Tamar station
I'm reading this report and I didn't see any mention that Tamar will be terminus for both lines:
http://www.thb.gov.hk/eng/psp/public...ns/rds2014.pdf



Is Tamar still proposed as terminus?
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Old December 25th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #3678
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What's that thing that goes all the way below Admiralty?
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What's that thing that goes all the way below Admiralty?
South Island line (East) (Admiralty-South Horizons)
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South Island line (East) (Admiralty-South Horizons)
Oh yeah I forgot that it was the East Section that is being built first.

No wonder there is already construction going on near Ocean Park (along with the 'Park-and-Ride' + automobile parking facility)

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