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Old October 7th, 2016, 02:41 PM   #4081
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Old October 15th, 2016, 04:43 AM   #4084
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Service resumed on Hong Kong’s Airport Express and Tung Chung rail lines after five-hour disruption
Broken wire on overline affected power supply, MTR says, though cause of damage is yet to be determined
October 14, 2016





MTR announced that all train and in-town check-in services were resumed at 1.10pm, nearly five hours after a damaged wire caused service disruptions on the Airport Express and the Tung Chung Line.

The wire in question affected the power supply, in turn triggering the protection system. As a result, a Hong Kong Station-bound train carrying 1,000 passengers was forced to return to Tung Chung. Services on the Tung Chung line as well as the Airport Express line were disrupted.

Francis Li Shing-kee, MTR’s chief of operating, said the damage on the overline was first discovered at about 8.30am.

“I apologise to all passengers who are affected,“ he said.

MTR did not reveal the total number of commuters affected by the incident.

Lu Wong Ho-leung, head of infrastructure works, said the cause of the damage remained unclear.

“From the preliminary inspection, a wire, which was part of the overline system, was found broken. But [as to] the real root cause, we [still] have to investigate,” he said.

He did not say how long the wire had been damaged and why MTR discovered the problem only on Friday morning.

Lu said the damaged wire triggered “the protection system”, which led MTR to suspend services.

Asked how regularly the company inspects its overline, he said MTR has its employees inspect the tracks and the overline system every three days. He added that MTR also runs test cars to gather data on the health of the track.

An earlier notice on the MTR website stated that the Airport Express had been fully suspended in both directions from Hong Kong Station to AsiaWorld-Expo Station, while services were down in both directions from Sunny Bay Station to Tung Chung Station on the Tung Chung Line.

Trains travelling between Hong Kong Station and Sunny Bay Station were running at 10-minute intervals, while those travelling between Hong Kong and Tsing Yi Station in both directions – some trains currently end their route at Tsing Yi Station – were arriving every five minutes.
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Old October 17th, 2016, 03:59 PM   #4085
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Old October 18th, 2016, 02:57 PM   #4086
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Hong Kong’s long-awaited new MTR station, the city’s largest, draws crowds but is it too large?
Passenger complains of long walk to reach his platform at the seven-storey Ho Man Tin complex
October 15, 2016







Commuters expecting better accessibility when the new Ho Man Tin MTR station opens on October 23 complained they would still face problems as they inspected facilities for the first time at an open day on Saturday.

A Mr Pang, who lives on Oi Man Estate, said: “The station is too big. I still have to spend four, five minutes to reach the platform after I arrive.”

That was on the top of the 10 minutes it took him to walk to the station from his home, he said.

Ho Man Tin station is one of the two new stations on the 2.6km Kwun Tong Line Extension. The project, originally scheduled to open in August last year, will run from Yau Ma Tei to Whampoa, the line’s new terminus, with one station in between at Ho Man Tin.

According to the MTR Corporation, Ho Man Tin station, with seven floors in total, will be the biggest in the city until Admiralty station takes its place on completion of the Sha Tin to Central Link. Ho Man Tin station will serve as an interchange when that link opens.

Pang said: “I think it will be hugely beneficial to those who always travel along the Kwun Tong Line. But it is still good on public holidays because I can avoid traffic jams.”
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Old October 20th, 2016, 02:47 PM   #4087
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 07:54 PM   #4088
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Hongkongers mind the gap as two new MTR stations open at Whampoa and Ho Man Tin 14 months late
Long-awaited HK$7.2 billion Kwun Tong Line extension begins *service on Sunday, but concerns remain about overcrowding
October 22, 2016

Two brand new MTR stations open on Sunday for *passengers in Whampoa and Ho Man Tin as the long-awaited Kwun Tong Line extension begins *service, but some were already worried on Saturday about *overcrowding.

The MTR gave the public a sneak peek at its new Whampoa station on Saturday. It connects with the new Ho Man Tin station to link up with the existing Kwun Tong Line at Yau Ma Tei, forming a 2.6km *extension.

The HK$7.2 billion railway project was originally scheduled to open in August last year, but was *delayed by engineering difficulties, complications with underground utilities, and construction time limits because of noise complaints.

Whampoa station is a single-platform underground facility with trains running at four-minute frequencies during peak periods, while there will be a train every two minutes at Ho Man Tin station, which is the largest at seven storeys.

Unlike Ho Man Tin station, Whampoa station was a work of adjustment and compromise to *overcome spatial constraints.

“The concourses are too small,” neighbourhood resident Wong Man-chi said, expecting overcrowding problems. “Whampoa is a very densely populated area. There are a lot of businesses here. After the station begins service, it will be more crowded as people from Ho Man Tin will also come to Whampoa to shop and eat.”

Complaints about construction noise blamed for delays to work on MTR's Kwun Tong line extension

She also pointed out an additional inconvenience for commuters because Whampoa is one of the few MTR stations with totally separate concourses, as at Causeway Bay. “People would have to exit from the right exit. Because after you leave the platform, you can’t go to the other concourse.”
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 11:16 PM   #4089
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How far is this from the train station?
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 11:37 PM   #4090
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She also pointed out an additional inconvenience for commuters because Whampoa is one of the few MTR stations with totally separate concourses, as at Causeway Bay. “People would have to exit from the right exit. Because after you leave the platform, you can’t go to the other concourse.”
That doesn't make sense. Why did they do this? Is there a way to fix this at a later moment?
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 01:42 AM   #4091
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That doesn't make sense. Why did they do this? Is there a way to fix this at a later moment?
It's due to the limited underground and street level space in that area. It can only be fixed if a section of the street is closed for a long while and build a tunnel using a cut-and-cover method. However, there is no point to do it right now just to connect the two concourses together.
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 04:13 AM   #4092
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Does anyone know the Tung Chung Line's frequency when it first opened?
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 09:49 AM   #4093
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2 questions:

1) the platform seemed quite wide, probably bigger than South Horizons - is it only like that at the ends?

2) is it possible for them to implement "rear cab clear" or "stepping back" operations at Whampoa to allow more trains to go there?
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2 questions:

1) the platform seemed quite wide, probably bigger than South Horizons - is it only like that at the ends?

2) is it possible for them to implement "rear cab clear" or "stepping back" operations at Whampoa to allow more trains to go there?
1) Yes

2) At Whampoa, trains arrive and then immediately reverse out to depart, just like at the Central terminus of the Tsuen Wan Line.
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Squeeze as line extension opens at last
Oct. 24, 2016

Worries about crowding were voiced soon after yesterday's opening flag for the long-awaited Kwun Tong Line extension.

They were heard as people were queuing - and running into problems - to be among first-day riders on the 2.6-kilometer extension between Yau Ma Tei and Whampoa via Ho Man Tin.

More than 2,600 excited riders were on the first train on the HK$7.2 billion extension, which should have opened last year. But geological problems caused a 14-month delay.

The first train, which left Whampoa at 6.10am, was 80-percent full. It was marked by the train braking and stopping briefly before it was on its way.

MTR Corp Ltd chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen, managing director Jacob Kam Chak-pui and operations director Adi Lau Tin-shing were on it.

More than 100 people had started queuing outside the station before daybreak, shouting "We can't wait any longer" as the start time neared. A growing crowd cheered as Leong opened the gate at 5.43am. They raced for the platform.

Lau said there are bound to be "teething problems," but the aim was to keep the adjustment period short.That was seen at the seven-story Ho Man Tin station. One of three lifts broke down for over two hours, meaning long queues.

Some passengers also complained that Whampoa station, which has two unconnected concourses, did not have a customer service center in its west concourse. Many people had difficulties using the multifunction ticket machines.

But once teething problems are resolved travel for many will be easier.

A journey from Admiralty to Whampoa, with an adult fare of HK$11.90, is cut to 16 minutes. Trains run every four minutes during peak periods from Whampoa. It has a single platform so some trains will skip it. But trains are every two minutes from Ho Man Tin.
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Time to extend the Whampoa extension to Fortress Hill
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Time to extend the Whampoa extension to Fortress Hill
No no no... Make Kwun Tong Line a loop via Kai Tak!

I was at Whampoa the first day, the trains are not frequent enough. Ho Man Tin platform is way too narrow for interchange with SCL.
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I don't think with the current setup in Whampoa they can extend the line across the harbour anymore.
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I don't think with the current setup in Whampoa they can extend the line across the harbour anymore.
I remember seeing cutaways of Whampoa station that showed a provision for a second platform directly below the existing one?
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