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Old October 29th, 2017, 05:57 PM   #4301
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MTR Majority-Owned Subsidiary Awarded New 7-Year Franchise to Operate and Maintain Melbourne Train System
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12 Sept. 2017

MTR Corporation welcomes the announcement today (12 September 2017) by the Victorian State Government in Australia to award a new seven-year franchise to Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) to operate and maintain the Melbourne train system.

MTM is a 60%-owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation and has been successfully operating the 390-km Melbourne metropolitan train service since 2009. Over the past eight years, extensive service improvements have been made on the system which provides an average of 840,000 passenger journeys on weekdays, including for punctuality and reliability, safety, asset
management and customer satisfaction.

The new franchise will start from 30 November 2017 and includes up to a three-year extension option. Under the new operations and maintenance agreement, MTM is committed to delivering further enhancements to railway operations, asset maintenance and customer service in Melbourne, including by:
 Adding more peak services. Over the seven years, an extra 335 peak services will be added per week as well as 1,758 inter-peak and weekend services;
 Higher reliability and punctuality performance through increased maintenance to improve infrastructure and rolling stock reliability;
 Upgrading 500 CCTV cameras;
 Improving the passenger experience with more information and cleaner trains and stations; and
 Creating more than 600 new jobs across the franchise including 128 in the first year.

More : http://www.mtr.com.hk/archive/corpor...R-17-077-E.pdf
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Old October 31st, 2017, 10:56 AM   #4302
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Old October 31st, 2017, 11:34 AM   #4303
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Old November 1st, 2017, 02:50 PM   #4304
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 01:44 PM   #4305
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Would it be possible to extend Kwun Tong line to North Point?
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 01:54 PM   #4306
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Would it be possible to extend Kwun Tong line to North Point?
When the Tseung Kwan O Line opened, the cross-harbour section (Kwun Tong Line) was extended to North Point from Quarry Bay already, and the Kwun Tong Line no longer crossed the harbour and terminated at Tiu Keng Leng.
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Old November 2nd, 2017, 02:00 PM   #4307
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There's a tunnel from Lam Tin to Quarry Bay, it was used in revenue service for a few years, and can be used again if there's a disruption on the Kwun Tong Line.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 10:41 AM   #4308
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I meant from Whampoa to North Point.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 11:47 AM   #4309
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I think it would be better to extend the line from Whampoa to Kwun Tong (as a circle line) with a stop at the old runway of Kai Tak. Then the area could be developed better and the cruise terminal would be more attractive.
There will be already the connection between Hunghom and Admirality when the Shatin Central Link is finished.
I think the Star ferry shold think about a regular line between North Point an Whampoa. With the actual terminus at Whampoa it could be an attractive connection.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 11:51 AM   #4310
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There is already a ferry service running between north point ferry pier and whampoa, as well as north point to Kowloon city ferry pier. They are operated by new world first ferry. Another nearby ferry goes from north point to Kwun Tong, with some departures stopping in Kai tak on the way.
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I meant from Whampoa to North Point.
Doubt it. Whampoa was constructed as a single platform only due to constraints above it.
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Contactless competition: WeChat Pay is coming to Hong Kong’s MTR, and Alipay may not be far behind
From next month, customers will be able to use their mobile phones to make payments at two yet-to-be-announced stations
November 23, 2017
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Commuters on Hong Kong’s MTR will soon be given a new quick payment option as the railway operator has partnered with the mainland’s second-largest mobile payment provider WeChat Pay, it announced on Thursday.

WeChat Pay’s main rival, Alipay, said it would follow suit in the “near future”.

Starting next month, commuters and tourists can purchase tickets with their mobile phones at two stations selected for the trial scheme.

While the initiative arguably benefits mainland tourists more than Hongkongers, it breaks a 20-year stronghold by the contactless Octopus card on how train fares can be paid for.

The news came two days after WeChat’s mother company, Hong Kong-listed Tencent Holdings, replaced Facebook to become the world’s fifth-largest company in market value.

“Under the collaboration, mobile payment solutions including WeChat Pay Hong Kong and Weixin Pay will be offered to the customers of MTR, providing Hongkongers and Chinese travellers an expanded payment option that is simple, secure and convenient,” a company statement read.
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Old November 28th, 2017, 07:14 AM   #4318
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There is a name change to 3 stations on the SCL:
1) To Kwa Wan (土瓜灣) becomes Sung Wong Toi (宋皇臺)
2) Ma Tau Wai (馬頭圍) becomes To Kwa Wan (土瓜灣)
3) Exhibition becomes Exhibition Centre (No change to the Chinese name)


The first 2 name changes have been used extensively in MTR (as revealed by their tender documents) for a few years, and now they claimed the name change as "addressing local community's aspiration". In fact the now Sung Wong Toi station is just next to the stone plate bearing the same name and the construction of the station has revealed artifacts from the Sung and Yuan dynasties. The archaeological work has pushed back the finishing of the East West Corridor for 11 months. The second name change is more welcome by the locals as the station is no where near to Ma Tau Wai, which is more down south to the main roads. The last name change only appeared in a progress report submitted to the Legco, and the reason of the change is still unknown.
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