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Old February 14th, 2017, 09:25 PM   #4201
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Regular operations resume at South Horizons MTR station after burst pipe caused ankle-deep flood
Services running smoothly though lifts and escalators are not in use
February 14, 2017

Regular operations at South Horizons MTR station resumed at about 12.25am on Wednesday as the station reopened its doors after being closed for several hours due to a flooding incident caused by a burst water pipe.

After an overnight clean up, few signs of the floods remained, with Wednesday morning operations running smoothly in general except for the lifts and escalators, which remained out of service.

A convenience store in the station also stayed closed as some goods had been soaked, with staff busy cleaning up as of 8.30am.

Extra manpower was seen deployed at various exits and on the platform to direct the rush-hour crowds.

South Horizons resident Jonathan Wong said that he did not even know there had been a flooding incident the previous night.

“Everything was just fine – I know people like to complain, but really there was no problem at all,” he said.

MTR’s head of operating Francis Li Shing-kee explained that a pipe outside the station had burst on Tuesday, causing to five inches of flooding.

The problem persisted after all water taps inside the station were turned off, and was only resolved when a tap on the street was shut at about 9.30pm.
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Old February 15th, 2017, 02:53 PM   #4203
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South Horizons MTR station

Published on Feb 14, 2017
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Old February 16th, 2017, 03:45 PM   #4204
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Rail rides start and finish in fine style
Feb. 15, 2017


Wall art in Whampoa Station, Hong Kong by C. Alice, on Flickr

Hong Kong's MTR network is undergoing significant expansion. The Kwun Tong extension opened in October, the South Island Line in December, and the Sha Tin-Central link and Express Rail Link are well under way.

This means more stations and therefore new opportunities for displays of works by local artists.

The new Whampoa station features a mural entitled History and Imagination - Whampoa by artist Lam Tung-pan, with participation by the local community. It takes inspiration from traditional brush drawing and includes images based on local communal memories and the area's history as a farming and maritime center. It also incorporates local students' drawings.

The other Kwun Tong extension station is Ho Man Tin - named for what was once an agricultural area, now a residential and commercial district.

Artist Alex Heung Kin-fun's mural Between Nature and the City in the station is inspired by the meaning of the name Ho Man Tin, which refers to the Ho and Man families' fields. His design features birds in an attractive old farming landscape with the modern city developing in the background.

Down at the new MTR station at South Horizons, photographer Cheung Wai-lok has created Day and Night on the glass frontage outside the entrances. They depict his pictures of tree shadows cast on the tiled walls of Hong Kong buildings. The result is a silhouette showing the contrast between man- made and natural patterns.

Keep an eye out for these three artists' contributions to making the new MTR stations distinctive.
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Old February 16th, 2017, 07:15 PM   #4205
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Hong Kong police turn to Facebook to counter online rumours in major incidents
Prompt use of social media by the force after MTR firebomb attack proved a hit with public and stopped the spread of falsehoods
February 17, 2017

The city’s police force has said it will use social media to make sure information gets out faster following major incidents such as last week’s MTR firebomb attack.

Senior Superintendent John Tse Chun-chung of the Police Public Relations Branch said in the aftermath of last Friday’s attack, the force had continuously updated its Facebook page and mobile apps in an effort to stop to viral online rumours, maintain public order and avoid panic.

“Social networks have tremendous viral effects,” Tse said.

“There are always falsehoods circulating online. And reporters need time to verify their content with us.

“If we only rely on the traditional media to send out information for us, it will take a while to stop the rumours or correct the information.”

The firebomb attack, which left 19 people injured, took place on a packed MTR train arriving at Tsim Sha Tsui station at about 7pm on February 10.

One rumour, which circulated online after the attack, claimed that a man who appeared in court for bestiality that morning was responsible for the attack. Others claimed it was a terrorist incident.

Within two hours of the incident, the force had issued two statements on its Facebook and mobile apps – one on traffic arrangements and another to confirm that the man arrested for bestiality was still in police custody at the time of the attack.

That force issued six Facebook posts and five alerts on mobile apps that night, including one ruling out a terrorist attack. The posts drew more than 544,000 users.

Tse said while government departments must go through multiple time consuming procedures before issuing an official statement, internet users nowadays demanded instant news.
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More EWL C-Train testing. I really wish I was in Hong Kong right now; so much cool stuff happening.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 06:10 PM   #4207
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Tourist in MTR fire goes home
Feb. 24, 2017

The Taiwanese tourist who was seriously burnt in an arson attack on an MTR train two weeks ago returned home last night to continue treatment.

The 38-year-old Chang Hsin-ju suffered severe burns to her face, hands and legs in the attack that happened on February 10. She was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition.

Chang was allowed to leave after two weeks in hospital. Wearing glasses and wrapped in a blanket, she was taken to a van on a stretcher and will continue to receive treatment in Taiwan.

"She is slowly recovering and can talk but I don't know how long it will take for her to fully recover after returning to Taiwan," said Chang's brother, who is discussing arrangements with the MTR Corporation.

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office issued a statement saying Chang received treatment and great care from the medical team in Queen Elizabeth Hospital and it thanked the SAR government for assistance.

The office said various Taiwan associations in Hong Kong have donated around HK$45,000 for Chang and they will continue to assist Chang on compensation.
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Five-minute trip with link harbor tunnel
Feb. 24, 2017
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After the cross-harbor section of the Sha Tin-Central rail link is completed in 2019, traveling from Hung Hom to Admiralty will take only five minutes, the MTR Corporation Ltd said yesterday.

It added the 11 giant precast tunnel units, each weighing 23,000 tonnes, that make up the 1.7-kilometer tunnel section between Hung Hom and Causeway Bay typhoon shelter, are nearly finished.

The corporation organized a media tour yesterday to Shek O Quarry, the casting yard where the tunnel units are being built, to explain the construction process. The cross-harbor tunnel will be built with the immersed tube tunnel method, in which the prefabricated units are towed to the installation location and lowered to the seabed before being linked together.

The MTRCL started building the 11 precast units - each eight meters high and 160m long - in 2015, and the construction process is almost completed.

Seawater will fill the casting yard to float the units next month and they will be towed to a temporary mooring area in Tseung Kwan O to be fitted with survey towers and floating pontoons, which would make the installation process more accurate.

Starting from the middle of this year, the units will then be towed to Victoria Harbour and lowered into a trench already dredged in the seabed. The Gina gasket and Omega seal fitted on the units will prevent water from entering when the units are being connected under the sea.

Lee Tze-man, general manager of the Sha Tin-Central Link, said: "An immersed tube tunnel only requires relatively small work in the harbor, and the process can be carried out with the least impact on the operation of vessels and harbor activities."
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South Horizons MTR station

Published on Feb 14, 2017
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MTR flooding 'unlikely' at other stations
Mar. 2, 2017

It is unlikely any other MTR stations will ever face a flooding experience like that at South Horizons on the South Island Line last month, Undersecretary for Transport and Housing Yau Sing-mu told legislators.

Serious flooding from a burst water pipe damaged anti-fire ceiling boards and forced the closure of the station on February 14 - Valentine's night. Water flowed into the station after a pipe underneath Exit B near South Horizon Drive burst.

Many passengers were stuck and soaked.

Legislator Kwok Wai-keung of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions voiced concern over structural conditions at stations along the recently opened South Island Line and also questioned whether MTR engineers would be checking water main alignments near stations under construction to prevent any repeat.

Yau responded by saying stations are normally built with concrete and feature a waterproof layer. But the design at South Horizons was unique, with the ceiling of the station restricted by structural factors that limited it to anti- fire board. So such a problem at other stations was "unlikely." The rail operator has meanwhile been investigating what caused the pipe to fail.
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Coming from Yuen Long or Tuen Mun, it is still pretty bad to get to the South Island Line using MTR. You need a less-than-perfect change of lines at Mei Foo, then Hong Kong-Central station and then Admiralty, or ETST-TST and then Admiralty.

I guess once the East Rail Line is extended to Admiralty, it will improve a bit with an easier line change at Hung Hom.

Actually, come to think of it, getting to Hong Kong island is just bad in general using the MTR. Must be why I take the bus so often...
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For a journey from Yuen Long/Tuen Mun to the South Island line, the MTR recommends changing lines at East Tsimshatsui/Tsimshatsui and Admiralty.

Any reason for your different route choice?
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For a journey from Yuen Long/Tuen Mun to the South Island line, the MTR recommends changing lines at East Tsimshatsui/Tsimshatsui and Admiralty.

Any reason for your different route choice?
Tsim Sha Tsui isn't the most convenient of transfers.

Out of curiosity, has MTRC looked into building an in-system transfer there?
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Probably faster to go to Tung Chung Line at Nam Cheong > HK > Central > Admiralty in terms of total travel time, than the Mei Foo Tsuen Wan Line route. But yeah MTR's recommended E TST > TST seems to be the fastest out of them all.
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A fare hint: Don't raise your hopes
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Mar. 8, 2017

Don't expect any big cuts in the price of your MTR tickets any time soon.

That was the hint from MTR Corporation Ltd (0066) chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang yesterday as he attempted to play down public expectations of a fare reduction saying there will be "no shocking change" in the operation of the ongoing fare adjustment mechanism following a drop in profit.

Ma said discussions with the government over the review of the fare adjustment mechanism is nearing completion and the company will try its best to incorporate demands from citizens in adjusting the formula of the mechanism.

Under the fare adjustment mechanism, following the profit drop it is expected that MTRCL will assign about HK$165 million for its "10 percent Same-Day Second-Trip Discount" promotion planned for launch in the middle of the year.

That's down 10 percent from last year.

The promotion is expected to last for about four months.

Chief executive Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen said different promotions for passengers totaled about HK$2.5 billion every year.

Commenting on chief executive candidate Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's suggestion of subsidizing fares with MTRCL's dividend payouts to the government, Leong said the use of dividends is for shareholders to decide.

More : http://www.thestandard.com.hk/sectio....php?id=180525
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