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Old May 8th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #3981
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Quick question: After the completion of the Sha Tin to Central Link, will the driving direction of the Ma On Shan line be changed to align with that of the West Rail Line?
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Old May 8th, 2016, 04:19 PM   #3982
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Quick question: After the completion of the Sha Tin to Central Link, will the driving direction of the Ma On Shan line be changed to align with that of the West Rail Line?
There is no change to the driving direction as Ma Tau Wai station is designed with stacked side platforms. Train drives on the right north of that station towards Wu Kai Sha, and vice versa south of that station towards Tuen Mun.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:26 PM   #3983
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What's the status of the South Island Line, East and West sections?

When will the East Kowloon Island begin construction?
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Old May 9th, 2016, 10:31 AM   #3984
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What's the status of the South Island Line, East and West sections?

When will the East Kowloon Island begin construction?
South Island Line (East): 94.2% completed and will open towards the end of this year.

Breakdown of progress for each section/station could be found on this District Council presentation:
http://www.mtr-southislandline.hk/pd...ct/ppt61-1.pdf

Project website: http://www.mtr-southislandline.hk/en/index.html

South Island Line (West): Part of the RDS-2014 planning and the indicative implementation window is 2021-26.

East Kowloon Line: Part of the RDS-2014 planning and the indicative implementation window is 2019-25.

The 2 lines above are still in planning stage.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #3985
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Commuters delayed after Lohas Park train blaze
May 10, 2016
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Services on the MTR's Tseung Kwan O line were disrupted for two hours early yesterday after a rail milling train caught fire near Lohas Park station.

MTR Corp Ltd said the cause of the fire on the HK$72 million Austrian-made train was still under investigation, and the extent of the damage and related cost have yet to be assessed.

At about 4.20am, staff discovered the train, which moves along tracks and polishes them and was only commissioned last July, had caught fire and emitted smoke about 300 meters from Lohas Park station.

"Our staff found the smoke detector was on and tried to put out the fire by extinguishers. The situation was handed over to the firefighters after they had arrived. We apologize for inconvenience caused to the passengers," MTRCL head of operations Francis Li Shing-kee said.

At that time, the vehicle already finished polishing rails and was connected to a locomotive, and scheduled to return to the depot.

Some passengers said they were inconvenienced by the fire, especially with few transport options at Lohas Park.

A Fire Services Department spokeswoman said 18 fire trucks with 76 firefighters arrived at the scene, and the blaze wasput out in 50 minutes. No one was injured.

The service from Lohas Park to Tseung Kwan O was suspended for about half an hour, with the first train departing at 6.25am instead of 5.57am. From 6.25 to 8.10am, a limited service at 12-minute intervals operated between the stations.

From 6.25 to 7.30am, the service between North Point and Po Lam ran every six minutes.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 04:59 PM   #3986
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Speaking of LOHAS Park, I've always found it funny that the Kwun Tong Line ends at Tiu Keng Leng, then two tracks to Tseung Kwan O, then the TKL splits to Po Lam and LOHAS Park.

Was it ever considered to extend the Kwun Tong Line to Tseung Kwan O, then have it take over one of the TKL's branches?

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And on a side note, South Horizons seems rather cramped, but is that just me and my Singaporean neo-Soviet design talking?
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Old May 10th, 2016, 06:08 PM   #3987
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Speaking of LOHAS Park, I've always found it funny that the Kwun Tong Line ends at Tiu Keng Leng, then two tracks to Tseung Kwan O, then the TKL splits to Po Lam and LOHAS Park.

Was it ever considered to extend the Kwun Tong Line to Tseung Kwan O, then have it take over one of the TKL's branches?

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And on a side note, South Horizons seems rather cramped, but is that just me and my Singaporean neo-Soviet design talking?
I live in LOHAS Park and I can tell you that the station is normally served by a shuttle service of the TKO Line running from Tiu Keng Leng to LOHAS Park (via TKO) only.
Trains to/from LOHAS Park and the terminus in North Point (the full service) only operate during rush-hours.
I hope one day the Kwun Tong Line gets extended from Tiu Keng Leng to Po Lam and the TKO Line runs from North Point to LOHAS Park on a full-time basis, getting rid of the current spur section alignment...
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Old May 10th, 2016, 06:09 PM   #3988
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And on a side note, South Horizons seems rather cramped, but is that just me and my Singaporean neo-Soviet design talking?
South Horizons is a private housing estate on Ap Lei Chau, which I believe is actually the world's most densely populated island!
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Old May 10th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #3989
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Speaking of LOHAS Park, I've always found it funny that the Kwun Tong Line ends at Tiu Keng Leng, then two tracks to Tseung Kwan O, then the TKL splits to Po Lam and LOHAS Park.

Was it ever considered to extend the Kwun Tong Line to Tseung Kwan O, then have it take over one of the TKL's branches?

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And on a side note, South Horizons seems rather cramped, but is that just me and my Singaporean neo-Soviet design talking?
The turnback siding of Kwun Tong Line nearly reaches Tseung Kwan O Station, but due to the piles from the residential buildings above the running railway line, it is impossible to extend Kwun Tong Line to Tsueng Kwan O and connects to the LOHAS Park spur.
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Old May 10th, 2016, 06:30 PM   #3990
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South Horizons is a private housing estate on Ap Lei Chau, which I believe is actually the world's most densely populated island!
Because the station sits under a narrow street with residential buildings at both sides.

This station was previously located to the north of South Horizons - under South Horizons Drive just outside Ap Lei Chau Estate. There are power cables running underground and have to be relocated. The relocation work takes extra 3 years of construction, so the current location has been chosen.
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Old May 11th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #3991
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Old May 12th, 2016, 04:19 AM   #3992
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The turnback siding of Kwun Tong Line nearly reaches Tseung Kwan O Station, but due to the piles from the residential buildings above the running railway line, it is impossible to extend Kwun Tong Line to Tsueng Kwan O and connects to the LOHAS Park spur.
All this is completely theoretical, but I have two approaches:

1) The KTL switches onto TKL tracks after Yau Tong, and share tracks through Tiu Keng Leng and Tseung Kwan O stations. (LUL Ealing Common station)

2) Replace the turnback sidings with tunnels to deep-level platforms under Po Yap Road or under Tseung Kwan O station for the KTL, which can then continue to the LOHAS Park spur. (less likely)
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Service warning as MTR plots a signaling upgrade
12 May 2016
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The first trains on the East Rail line may be affected when tests of the upgraded MTR signaling system begin in the third quarter.

MTR Corp Ltd operations director Adi Lau Tin- shing said the switch of signaling systems may not be smooth during the upgrade so contingency plans will be prepared and passengers notified in advance should there be a delay or disruption of service.

The signaling upgrade on seven railway lines is estimated to cost HK$3.3 billion. Advance work on the Tsuen Wan line started late last year and is expected to be completed by 2018.

The installation of optical fiber wiring began in March and the installation of new train-borne signaling equipment will start next month. The system will be completed in phases from 2018 to 2026.

Tests on the Tsuen Wan line during non-service hours are expected to start later this year. The lines will be switched to the new system during non-service hours and returned to the current signaling system before the operation of the first train.

"It is possible that the switchover may not be smooth during the tests and the first few trains could be affected,'' Lau said.

"Unlike metros in other countries, where the system is shut down for weeks or months, or at least during weekends during upgrades, the service in Hong Kong will still be run every day.''
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Well, all kinds, or just those two?
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Prices on the South Island Line have been unofficially published :



A ride from Admiralty to Ocean Park / Wong Chuk Hang / South Horizons would cost $5.2.
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Half the fare and half the travel time compared to an express bus.
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Fast track to fun when new line opens
May 18, 2016

Traveling from Admiralty to Ocean Park is expected to save passengers time and money when the MTR South Island Line (East) opens later this year.

This is according to the Transport Department's proposed public transport reorganization plan in response to the upcoming railway service.

The department estimates a single trip from Admiralty or Central to the theme park in Aberdeen will cost HK$5.20 and take four minutes. The Citybus route 629 from Admiralty to the Ocean Park main entrance costs HK$10.60 and takes 12 minutes.

It also estimated that passengers from Kowloon East, such as Kwun Tong and Diamond Hill stations, will pay HK$13.80 to go to Ocean Park.

The South Island Line (East) will connect Admiralty Station to Southern District, with new stations at Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung and South Horizons.

Passengers traveling between stations on the South Island Line will pay HK$4.40, it said.

But the department said the actual fare will be subject to a future announcement by the MTR Corp Ltd.

"According to the information provided by the MTR, the journey time between the new South Horizons Station and Admiralty Station will only be about 11 minutes," it said.
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