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Old October 25th, 2016, 06:16 PM   #4101
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I remember seeing cutaways of Whampoa station that showed a provision for a second platform directly below the existing one?
The provision lives only on papers and never built.
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Old October 25th, 2016, 07:12 PM   #4102
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Odd...

This LegCo presentation seems to imply that the turnback siding is below the existing platform...

But then it shows Ho Man Tin as an island platform so I would take it with a pinch of salt...
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Old October 26th, 2016, 01:47 AM   #4103
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Odd...

This LegCo presentation seems to imply that the turnback siding is below the existing platform...

But then it shows Ho Man Tin as an island platform so I would take it with a pinch of salt...
This is a really old plan before the KCR and MTR meager.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 10:52 AM   #4104
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Easier rides coming on Ma On Shan Line
The Standard Excerpt
Nov. 2, 2016

A year will be needed for MTR Corp Ltd to replace four-carriage trains with eight- car ones on the Ma On Shan Line.

With carrying capacity doubled in a transition expected to run through 2017 less crowding is seen as an obvious result.

Test runs of eight-carriage trains will commence at the end of this month, starting after midnight when regular services have stopped. The tests will last for two to three months.

The first two sets of eight-carriage trains will be in service early next year after extensions of platforms and screen-door systems on the Tai Wai to Wu Kai Sha section. The signaling system will also be upgraded. The conversion to eight-carriage configurations is to prepare for the Sha Tin to Central Link's East West Line. That will run from Tuen Mun to Wu Kai Sha and is expected to be open by 2019.

Allen Ding Ka-chun, East Rail's operations manager, said four- and eight-carriage trains will be in service at the same time during the transition on the Ma On Shan Line. But the eight- carriage trains will definitely be in use during rush hours.

Passenger loads on the Ma On Shan Line during morning rush hours reached 80 percent last year, according to MTR statistics.

Color signage will be set up on platforms to indicate different queuing zones. Brown signs will show where to queue for four-carriage trains and green for eight carriages. More staff will also be on platforms.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 12:05 PM   #4105
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Quick question: Was the MOS Line built for 8-car running in the first place?
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 03:54 PM   #4106
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Quick question: Was the MOS Line built for 8-car running in the first place?
Yes, most stations were built with provisions for extension to 8-car trains, if they were not already 8-cars in length.
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Old November 3rd, 2016, 03:06 PM   #4107
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Old November 7th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #4108
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Hong Kong railway operator pushes ahead with duty free centre at border station despite drop in visitors
Tender for construction work at MTR Corp’s Lo Wu station will begin early next year
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October 28, 2016

The MTR Corporation has pushed forward with a plan to upgrade its Lo Wu station into a duty free shopping centre despite dwindling visitor numbers.

A 740 square metre extension dedicated to duty free shops is being added to checkpoint station between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The tender for construction work is due to go out in the first quarter of next year.

An MTR Corp spokesman said the project was part of its “asset renewal” programme on which it spent HK$7 billion a year to “benefit travellers” by improving facilities.

First proposed in 2014, the duty free project at one of its busiest stations was meant to capitalise on the growing demand of mainland shoppers and ease the pressure caused by a huge influx of parallel traders from across the border on Hongkongers living in northern district. The traders buy goods in Hong Kong to sell at a profit on mainland China.

But such demand has sharply decreased over the past two years. There were 9.2 per cent fewer mainland visitors in the city during the first eight months of this year. Their average spending also dropped – down 15.8 per cent to HK$7,105 each in the first half of the year.

While the opening date of the duty free shop extension has not been confirmed, the spokesman said the prequalification process for tenders to build the foundations would start next month.

The new complex will mean more competition for San Tin Shopping City, a 420,000 sq ft American-style pop-up mall near the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, which is due to open at the end of the year.
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Old November 8th, 2016, 05:45 PM   #4109
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South Island line will start running by the end of this year, says MTR chairman
He added that the company surmounted construction difficulties and that costs were also within budget
November 10, 2016



The long-awaited rail service between Admiralty and Southern district will start operating by the end of the year, although a specific opening date has yet to be set, MTR Corporation chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang announced yesterday.

Dismissing further delays, Ma said the 7km South Island line was able to meet its end-of-year deadline as the construction team had overcome serious technical problems at Admiralty station, which will serve as an interchange for several lines.

The HK$16.9-billion line will connect South Horizons on Ap Lei Chau via Lei Tung, Wong Chuk Hang and Ocean Park. Rides from Admiralty to Ocean Park and South Horizons will take about four minutes and 11 minutes respectively.

“The construction work at Admiralty is very challenging,” he said at the ceremony to launch the corporation’s training school, the MTR Academy.

“Lincoln and I inspected work over there recently and we were told that the construction team had overcome the challenges,” he said, referring to MTR chief executive Lincoln Leong.

The expanded Admiralty station will provide an extra three levels by increasing the gross floor area from the current 9,000 square metres to 20,000 square metres.
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Old November 12th, 2016, 07:01 AM   #4111
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Old November 14th, 2016, 05:55 AM   #4112
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Out of curiosity, what are those glass booths for? Are they just PA + CCTV for platform attendants?
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Old November 14th, 2016, 07:32 AM   #4113
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They contain CCTV camera monitors, but are usually unmanned. I imagine the staff could make a PA from there if required, but don't normally.
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Old November 15th, 2016, 01:43 PM   #4114
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Boost access to Hong Kong’s Happy Valley with underground train line, says district council chairman
Suggestion to link up area with Hong Kong Island MTR system comes as government launches study on using below-ground spaces
November 16, 2016

A driverless, underground train line connecting Happy Valley to the Hong Kong Island MTR system would help improve the area’s connectivity, the chairman of Wan Chai District Council suggested, as the government launched a pilot study on utilising the city’s below-ground spaces.

The three-month public engagement on the study will be focused on the built-up areas of Tsim Sha Tsui West, Causeway Bay, Happy Valley and Admiralty-Wan Chai.

Wan Chai District Council chairman Ng Kam-chun said in a council meeting with study consultants and government officials on Tuesday that the study could provide an opportunity to solve Happy Valley’s connectivity problem. The area currently has only Wong Nai Chung Road as its main access link, with few public transport choices.

Ng suggested that the government consider a driverless train line – similar to the international airport’s internal train system – which would link up the area with the Causeway Bay MTR station.

“Some experienced insiders told me that the cost of such a line would not be too expensive – at about HK$1 billion,” Ng said.

Dr Eunice Mak Hoi-cheung, who was representing Aecom, the government’s consultancy firm on the study, said the consultancy team had considered such a system. “We have not ruled out this option,” she said.

But she also pointed out some difficulties, such as whether there would be enough space for a train line given that there were many pipes underground.

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Old November 16th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #4116
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It is a little silly that now Happy Valley wants better access to the rest of Hong Kong when during planning one of the alternative alignments of the South Island Line was for it to curve out serve Happy Valley. That was rejected on cost and fear that Happy Valley will be transformed to an overcrowded and overly expensive place. Now that the South Island Line is almost complete they want better transit service?
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Facebook video link (Cantonese Chinese only)

MTR has announced that Ma On Shan Line will soon introduce 8-car trains gradually running on the railway line, accompanying the existent 4-car trains. This is because Ma On Shan Line will be joining with West Rail Line to form the "East West Corridor" (the video specifically uses "Corridor", not "Line") which will be run by 8-car trains entirely.

This is very similar to the current test run of 7-car and 8-car trains on West Rail Line for testing upgraded signals. The extended platforms of all Ma On Shan Line stations will be open for passenger access on 20th November 2016. But the stopping position of 4-car trains will be different so the waiting passengers on the platform may need to move slightly farther in order to board a 4-car train. Additional platform assistants will be dispatched to guide the Ma On Shan Line passengers.
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It is a little silly that now Happy Valley wants better access to the rest of Hong Kong when during planning one of the alternative alignments of the South Island Line was for it to curve out serve Happy Valley. That was rejected on cost and fear that Happy Valley will be transformed to an overcrowded and overly expensive place. Now that the South Island Line is almost complete they want better transit service?
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Transport minister coy on figures as Sha Tin to Central Link overrun costs reaches HK$20 billion
We need to wait for MTR Corp to finish its assessment of the project’s overall cost estimate, says Anthony Cheung
November 18, 2016

Transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung refused to be drawn on the actual cost of the plagued Sha Tin to Central link yesterday as the overrun reportedly shot up to a stunning HK$20 billion, taking the total cost to almost HK$100 billion from the original HK$79.8 billion.

“I won’t speculate on the figures. The MTR Corporation already announced in its interim report that the cost estimate for the line will significantly exceed its original estimate,” Cheung said. “We need to wait for MTR Corp to finish its assessment of the project’s overall cost estimate. It will submit a report to the government for further scrutiny.”

Cheung was responding to media reports that the cost overrun would reach HK$20 billion and may need approval from the highly polarised Legislative Council’s finance committee.

Lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun of New People’s Party echoed the report, saying he had heard from various sources that the overrun was worse than that of the high speed rail link.

In its interim report in August, MTR Corp’s chief executive officer Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen, already sounded a warning about the cost overrun and a possible further delay to the project expected to be completed in 2021.

“Taking into account the continuing difficulties and challenges ... the company considers it is likely that the cost estimate ... will need to be revised upwards significantly,” the report said, without mentioning the actual amount.

However, Leong said they still needed to conduct a detailed review of the project’s cost estimate and the assessment would only be completed in the second half of next year – when the MTR Corp will formally report the findings to the government.

Leong also did not rule out any further delay to the project revised to be completed in 2021.
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