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Old June 3rd, 2015, 07:30 PM   #3761
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Commuting costs taking bigger slice of workers' pay, global survey finds
31 May 2015
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As the MTR Corporation raises its fares for the sixth year in a row, a survey has found that workers are spending more of their wages on getting to work than five years ago.

The survey, by serviced-office provider Regus, found that globally, workers spend an average of 5 per cent of their annual take-home pay on work travel.

In 2010, this proportion was 3 per cent.

The survey found that in Hong Kong, 18 per cent of workers spend between 5 and 10 per cent of their annual take-home pay on work travel.

In Taiwan, one in four workers spends between 5 and 10 per cent of his or her pay on travel and one in five workers on the mainland does the same.

Thirty per cent of Hong Kong employees use between 2 and 5 per cent of their salary on their daily commute, while one in 10 forks out 10 per cent or more.

About 44,000 senior business executives from more than 100 countries were surveyed for the report, with 365 respondents from Hong Kong.

From June 21, trips on MTR trains within the city will cost, on average, 4.3 per cent more, with some trips rising more than 6 per cent.

"With living costs rising, every penny counts for the world's workers. Yet travel expenses are accounting for a larger and larger slice of their yearly outgoings," said Michael Ormiston, country manager for Regus Hong Kong.
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Old June 3rd, 2015, 07:39 PM   #3762
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Old June 6th, 2015, 03:17 PM   #3763
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Old June 11th, 2015, 04:56 AM   #3764
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More polished look for railway tracks
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Thursday, June 11, 2015



MTR Corp Ltd has invested about HK$200 million in new rail maintenance vehicles.

In response to the rapid growth of traffic loading, operations chief Tony Lee Kar-yun said the corporation would like to put more resources into track maintenance to ensure first-class train services.

The purchased vehicles include two new rail milling trains which cost HK$72 million each to keep tracks polished, an additional turnout grinder to refine track intersections, a replacement for a tamping machine to consolidate small stones on tracks, and a new train to transport pre- welded long rail sections.

The Austrian-made rail milling trains will start servicing all 10 heavy rail lines this month.

The other three vehicles will be used for the maintenance of tracks on the East Rail, West Rail and Ma On Shan lines.

MTRCL general manager of infrastructure maintenance Terry Wong Wing-kin said the two new rail milling trains use a different polishing mechanism to the existing grinders. "The milling machine is composed of two parts," he said. "The cutting head is loaded with little pieces of razors to peel off bulges. The second part is a grinding head which is similar to the existing grinder. It polishes the track for a refined finish."
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Old June 12th, 2015, 07:40 PM   #3765
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Old June 14th, 2015, 05:38 PM   #3766
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Old June 16th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #3767
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Which station is this and do you have a source for the photo? Thanks.
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Old June 16th, 2015, 04:15 PM   #3768
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And when was the picture taken? Looks to me like the 1970s, but it's difficult to tell.

The line was double-tracked and electrified during 1982 and 1983, so it seems it should be before then.

I see the file name is KCR-1974.jpg. Does that mean the picture is from 1974?
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Old June 16th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #3769
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http://www.susanbkason.com/wp-conten...5/KCR-1974.jpg

https://www.google.com.hk/search?tbs...ugvJfRtycS7krG

It appeared to be the old Ma Liu Shui (University) Station.

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Old June 19th, 2015, 10:18 AM   #3770
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Did anyone know that where is the new rail maintenance vehicles come from??
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Old June 19th, 2015, 02:13 PM   #3771
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Old June 25th, 2015, 08:09 PM   #3772
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340 trees axed at Diamond Hill site
22 June 2015
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But two outstanding Chinese banyans were transplanted and 120 other trees saved after MTR scrapped plans for a depot at the station

The MTR Corporation chopped down 340 trees while extending Diamond Hill station as part of its Sha Tin to Central link project, while 22, including two Chinese banyans, were transplanted to a site nearby.

Richard Kwan Kin-yan, the MTR’s environment manager, said the operation required careful planning to ensure there were no delays to construction.

Kwan said the original plan was to build a depot on the site, but this would have resulted in the loss of all the trees. So the company changed its mind to minimise the impact, and as a result 120 trees were saved.

He said the shape and condition of the two banyans, between 20 and 40 years old, were so outstanding that its engineers believed they must be protected before construction could start.

Engineers spent more than a year planning the transplants, some of the biggest in the Sha Tin to Central project. As the banyans were up to 16 metres tall and 20 metres wide, their roots branched out up to 10 metres.

“Workers used shovels rather than machines in digging the earth while looking for the root systems,” Kwan said, adding that if the roots were not preserved as much as possible, it could affect their health after the transplant.

The operation was conducted in four phases, each lasting 90 days. The younger banyan was moved in December 2013, while the older one was moved in August last year, 75 and 100 metres south of their original positions.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 08:18 PM   #3773
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So where will the depot be built now?
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Old June 26th, 2015, 04:40 AM   #3774
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So where will the depot be built now?
Seems Hung Hom will be used for parking some trains :

http://www.mtr-shatincentrallink.hk/en/faq/
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Old June 27th, 2015, 08:20 PM   #3775
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Mind the earnings gap
MTR fares up again on glitches day

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Protests and technical glitches greeted yesterday's sixth successive annual fares increase by the MTRCL.

In all, 78 percent of routes saw fares rise by between 10 and 50 HK cents and 19 percent by more than 50 HK cents. The remaining few were unchanged.

A five-month 10 percent Same-Day Second-Trip Discount, which began yesterday, will run to November 30.

The Early Bird Discount Promotion will be extended another 12 months to May 31.

About 20 members of the Concern Public Transportation Affairs Alliance held a rally at Tsuen Wan station to protest against the continuous rise in fares.

A spokesman called on the government to immediately review the fare adjustment mechanism and to include revenue from properties as a factor in adjusting fares.

"It is the sixth year for MTRCL to raise its fares ... under the current fare adjustment mechanism, we cannot see any reduction. It has accumulated to an increase of around 20 percent ... which has exceeded citizens' affordability," he said.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 10:26 AM   #3776
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The 2.4km underground twin-tunnel mass transit railway forms an extension to the existing Kwun Tong line.

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Old July 1st, 2015, 08:18 PM   #3777
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The red dots are the future Ho Man Tin and Whampoa (closest to the water) stations.

Ho Man Tin station will allow transfers to the future West-East Rail Line.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 08:47 PM   #3779
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Source : http://pic.feeyo.com/posts/622/6228647.html

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