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Old November 17th, 2004, 09:11 PM   #481
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KCR and MTR breakdowns spell more passenger misery
Paris Lord, Hong Kong Standard
18 November 2004

Passengers on Hong Kong's two railways suffered more delays after another spate of breakdowns on Wednesday but both rail firms defended their services as being among the best in the world.

Officials from the MTR Corp (MTRC) and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) said they spend billions of dollars annually on repairs and maintenance and, because safety remains their priority, delays are necessary when they remove trains for inspection.

Several hundred passengers were ordered off a train at Choi Hung MTR station at 8.53am due to faulty doors and told to wait for another.

Their train was removed for inspection at the Kowloon Bay depot.

Meanwhile, passengers were evacuated from a KCR train at Fo Tan station after smoke was reported in a carriage.

The firm said the smoke may have been caused by jammed brakes. Examinations are being carried out at the Fo Tan depot.

The latest incidents bring to at least 95 the number of delays on both networks over the past four months - 51 for the MTR and 44 for the KCR - and came on the day an MTRC task force recommended 20 new initiatives to improve services. The MTRC said the first 10 months of the year had been one of its best times, with services improving by 18 per cent compared with the same period in 2003.

The 20 measures include the replacement of track signalling switches with tougher models, new door seals for all carriages, using the same equipment the power industry uses to test high voltage cables in carriages and improving public communication during delays.

"These improvement measures aim not only to address service delays causing inconvenience to our passengers, but also to minimise those cases that may give rise to passenger concern," MTRC deputy operations director Andrew McCusker said.

The firm had to surpass the expectations of its passengers and what is considered industry "best practice", he said.

The MTRC spends about HK$2 billion annually on repairs and maintenance, and the new measures will be covered by that budget, McCusker said.

The company expects the additional improvement measures to form part of a report by an independent panel from Lloyd's Register Rail, which will release its findings early next year.

The improvements would be carried out by existing staff, McCusker said.

MTR railway staff union chairman Chan Sing-wo said his 500 members were sceptical about the company's new plans and questioned how the extra checks could be performed without hiring more staff.

"This will put more pressure on staff," Chan said, adding that the union would be asking MTRC officials for answers when the parties meet on December 9.

For its part, the KCRC has spent about HK$1.6 billion on upgrades and maintenance across its network since 1994, and kept its average annual maintenance budget steady, a company spokeswoman said.

"We think [the Fo Tan delay] is an isolated incident," she said.

"We will of course have a thorough investigation and find out the cause."

The firm has just completed an interim safety audit and would finish the full audit by early next year, she added.

The MTRC is a member of a group of 10 of the world's largest mass railway operators that carry more than two million passengers a day.

The KCRC is a member of another group comprising 11 medium-sized railway systems that carry fewer than two million passengers daily.

On Wednesday night the Legislative Council defeated a motion that called on the government to apply remedial measures to enhance safety on the railways and the roads.

This followed a spate of train disruptions and serious traffic accidents in recent weeks.
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Old November 17th, 2004, 09:14 PM   #482
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KCR and MTR breakdowns spell more passenger misery
Paris Lord, Hong Kong Standard
18 November 2004

Passengers on Hong Kong's two railways suffered more delays after another spate of breakdowns on Wednesday but both rail firms defended their services as being among the best in the world.

Officials from the MTR Corp (MTRC) and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) said they spend billions of dollars annually on repairs and maintenance and, because safety remains their priority, delays are necessary when they remove trains for inspection.

Several hundred passengers were ordered off a train at Choi Hung MTR station at 8.53am due to faulty doors and told to wait for another.

Their train was removed for inspection at the Kowloon Bay depot.

Meanwhile, passengers were evacuated from a KCR train at Fo Tan station after smoke was reported in a carriage.

The firm said the smoke may have been caused by jammed brakes. Examinations are being carried out at the Fo Tan depot.

The latest incidents bring to at least 95 the number of delays on both networks over the past four months - 51 for the MTR and 44 for the KCR - and came on the day an MTRC task force recommended 20 new initiatives to improve services. The MTRC said the first 10 months of the year had been one of its best times, with services improving by 18 per cent compared with the same period in 2003.

The 20 measures include the replacement of track signalling switches with tougher models, new door seals for all carriages, using the same equipment the power industry uses to test high voltage cables in carriages and improving public communication during delays.

"These improvement measures aim not only to address service delays causing inconvenience to our passengers, but also to minimise those cases that may give rise to passenger concern," MTRC deputy operations director Andrew McCusker said.

The firm had to surpass the expectations of its passengers and what is considered industry "best practice", he said.

The MTRC spends about HK$2 billion annually on repairs and maintenance, and the new measures will be covered by that budget, McCusker said.

The company expects the additional improvement measures to form part of a report by an independent panel from Lloyd's Register Rail, which will release its findings early next year.

The improvements would be carried out by existing staff, McCusker said.

MTR railway staff union chairman Chan Sing-wo said his 500 members were sceptical about the company's new plans and questioned how the extra checks could be performed without hiring more staff.

"This will put more pressure on staff," Chan said, adding that the union would be asking MTRC officials for answers when the parties meet on December 9.

For its part, the KCRC has spent about HK$1.6 billion on upgrades and maintenance across its network since 1994, and kept its average annual maintenance budget steady, a company spokeswoman said.

"We think [the Fo Tan delay] is an isolated incident," she said.

"We will of course have a thorough investigation and find out the cause."

The firm has just completed an interim safety audit and would finish the full audit by early next year, she added.

The MTRC is a member of a group of 10 of the world's largest mass railway operators that carry more than two million passengers a day.

The KCRC is a member of another group comprising 11 medium-sized railway systems that carry fewer than two million passengers daily.

On Wednesday night the Legislative Council defeated a motion that called on the government to apply remedial measures to enhance safety on the railways and the roads.

This followed a spate of train disruptions and serious traffic accidents in recent weeks.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 01:12 AM   #483
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KCRC to close trade short cut
Dennis Ng, Hong Kong Standard
19 November 2004

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will close what is in effect an unofficial "logistics park" that has developed in its multi-storey Lo Wu Station.

From next month, traders will be banned from using a staircase linking the arrivals and departures levels that is meant to be used only by KCRC staff and local villagers who hold restricted area permits.

The move will affect more than 100 traders who bring cheap goods from the mainland to be sold in Hong Kong. Instead of taking the goods back to Hong Kong, the traders take a short cut down the staircase to hand over their consignments to another person with a village permit who consolidates goods from other traders and delivers them to the city. The traders thus save much time by not having to go back to Sheung Shui to make the return trip to the mainland to pick up more goods and so repeat the cycle.

The KCRC's decision came despite a nine-hour standoff between traders and railway staff after the staircase was closed on Wednesday. The traders complain that blocking the short cut will cost them hundreds of dollars a day in lost income.

From today, anyone without closed area permits can use the staircase once only and will be prosecuted for further entries.
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Old November 19th, 2004, 08:50 AM   #484
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Hi everyone,

I remember seeing somewhere on the internet either a java or flash animation of the MTR Infopanel. It was a pretty good animation and it showed the Infopanel cycling through a few screens, displaying the next station, and several screens in Chinese. (I know in real life, the screen also shows advertisements, but I don't think this animation did).

Unfortunately, I lost the URL. Has anyone seen this also, and if so, does anyone know where I can find this animation?

Thanks!

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Old November 20th, 2004, 07:19 AM   #485
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South China Morning Post
November 20, 2004

KCRC's trade-hub project rejected
Rezoning sought for Hunghom and Tsim Sha Tsui East

Chloe Lai and Ernest Kong

A plan to turn Hunghom and Tsim Sha Tsui East waterfront into an international China trade hub was rejected by the Town Planning Board yesterday.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation wanted to rezone the area between its building at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and the Hong Kong Coliseum to build an exhibition centre, towers, a cruise terminal and a heliport.

The board's spokesman said members rejected the application because it had received no government support.

They were also worried that the excessive scale of the plan could increase traffic, noise, marine and air pollution.

The KCRC said it would address the board's concerns and reapply again. The plan covers a site area of 14.5 hectares, including the Hong Kong Coliseum, the Hunghom rail terminal and the International Mailing Centre.

The coliseum and mailing centre are government buildings.

The plan assumes the mailing centre will be demolished and the land will be vacant for development, although the centre is currently operated by the post office and the government had not announced any plan to redevelop it. The KCRC wants the rail terminal to have a facelift, but will leave the coliseum alone.

It wants to build office towers, a shopping mall, hotels, residential blocks, exhibition centre, showrooms, wholesale centre and an arbitrary centre at the site.

The board's spokesman said: "The plan is based on a lot of assumptions, such as the rail express between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou having its terminal at Hunghom so it has a big potential to become a China trade hub.

"But no decision on the terminal location has been made so far. Also, the government doesn't think Hong Kong needs extra exhibition space in Hunghom."
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Old November 21st, 2004, 08:09 AM   #486
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Hung Hom - East Tsim Sha Tsui Video

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KCR's Light rail service in the northwestern New Territories that connects to West Rail :

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siu hong WR station's colour is UGLY
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Old November 22nd, 2004, 06:18 PM   #489
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There are still some stations on the Island Line that don't have platform screen doors :

By "S3M64~DP2157" from a Hong Kong transport forum :

Tin Hau


Quarry Bay


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But work has already started on them...you can see the PSD upper rails on the quarry bay picture.
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Old November 23rd, 2004, 06:10 AM   #492
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KCRC cuts West Rail discount to be more businesslike
Cheung Chi-fai
23 November 2004
South China Morning Post

Fare discounts on the KCRC's loss-making West Rail will be halved to 10 per cent from next month.

If the discounts had continued unchanged, the railway was "not going to be a business but a social welfare agency", Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun said yesterday.

The change will increase the price of a journey from Nam Cheong to Tuen Mun by $1.60, bringing the fare to $14.40 from December 20.

The decision was made by the KCRC's board yesterday in the face of an operating loss on the $40 billion West Rail line of between $100 million and $200 million, excluding interest payments and depreciation.

Mr Tien acknowledged it could lead to a drop in patronage, which in turn would hit cash flow. But he said that if this happened, "we will be very pragmatic and reconsider the extra discount again or other promotional measures".

A 10 per cent discount was offered when the new line opened last December and a further 10 per cent was later cut in an effort to boost passenger numbers.

The corporation pledged that the remaining discount would stay until completion of the planned Southern Link, connecting Nam Cheong and Tsim Sha Tsui, in 2009.

Mr Tien said the board cut the discount to fulfil its responsibility to run the line on commercial principles. He said that since opening, daily Wet Rail patronage had risen from 100,000 to 170,000, but it still could not pay its way.

Mr Tien said the losses would not affect the whole corporation as its services could still be subsidised by its border operations to Lowu, which have seen rising patronage.

Meanwhile, the KCRC has set benchmark fares for its Ma On Shan Rail line, running from Wu Kai Sha to Tai Wai. The fares from Ma On Shan to Tai Wai and Tsim Sha Tsui were set at $7.50 and $12.60 respectively. The line is expected to open before the end of the year.
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November 20, 2004
Government Press Release
Be rational on MTR mishaps: Sarah Liao

Commuters should adopt a rational and scientific approach when judging the recent spate of MTR service disruptions, Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works Dr Sarah Liao says.

Speaking on a radio talkshow today, Dr Liao said the Government has attached great importance to rail safety and has urged the company to investigate the incidents.

As the MTR is a complicated system, it is inevitable there will be mechanical failures, however, public safety should not be compromised, she said.

Noting the MTR Corporation has appointed a leading international rail expert to conduct a comprehensive review on its service performance, Dr Liao urged commuters to be patient. She said incidents on the system have fallen this year.

On road safety, Dr Liao said the recent spate of minibus accidents has drawn public concern on driver attitude. She said the Government is considering raising deduction points for red-light jumpers.
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West Rail flags fare rise
Dennis Chong, Hong Kong Standard
November 23, 2004

Forty thousand passengers face higher fares on the West Rail Line, which has siphoned HK$200 million from the ailing Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation coffers in its first year of operation.

Legislators criticised the move and said the company, which announced the increases on Monday, is using the wrong logic because higher fares could be expected to reduce passenger numbers and impair KCRC earnings.

A HK$46.4 billion mega project that required five years to build, the 30.5-kilometre rail line, which connects residents of the north-west New Territories to urban Hong Kong, has encountered myriad problems since trains starting rolling.

The number of passengers switching to trains from other modes of transport has fallen short of the projected daily 200,000 - with numbers gradually rising from an initial 100,000 to about 170,000 recently.

KCRC chairman Michael Tien said on Monday that given steadily rising passenger numbers and an improving economy, it is time to cancel a "double 10-per-cent-off concessions" policy in place since last December.

Affected commuters who travel from the New Territories to the Kowloon area will now have to pay an extra HK$1.20 to HK$1.60 per trip from December 20.

About 25 per cent of travellers - or 40,000 a day - fall into this category, Tien said.

Discounted Octopus fares for a trip from New Territories to Kowloon range from HK$9.20 to HK$12.80.

Monthly pass-holders and commuters travelling within the New Territories are not affected.

Tien said a single 10 per cent discount would remain until the Southern Link - an extension that will connect the line to Tsim Sha Tsui - is completed.

Legislative Council transport panel chairman Lau Kong-wah said it is wrong to cancel the double discount based on short-term revenues.

"It is surprising to me because everybody is still talking about reductions of transport fares," he said.

Lau said he expects the number of people using the West Rail to decrease, cutting revenues even further.

Andrew Cheng, also a panel member, said fares should not be increased until the Southern Link is ready, adding that there are not enough connections on the present line to attract passengers.

"[KCRC] will actually lose [revenue] when it opts for small gains. Passengers will be kept away," he said.

Tien said revenue generated in West Rail's first year is expected to fall short of covering operational costs, excluding equipment devaluation and interest from loans, by HK$200 million.

"If we cannot even cover operational costs, we would not be a company but a social service," he said.

But if passenger numbers dropped significantly after the fare rise the double discounts could be reinstated.

The announcement came two months after the government-financed railway announced plans for a merger with the MTR Corporation (MTRC).

The government is scrutinising a merger report and a conclusion is expected in 2005.

MTRC chief executive CK Chow said in September that a single railway entity would mean reduced operating costs through greater economies of scale, more efficient procurement and the sharing of best practices, leading to fare reductions.
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Old November 24th, 2004, 08:07 PM   #496
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Hong Kong subway operator joins bid for southeast rail franchise
Wed Nov 24, 9:39 AM ET

LONDON (AFP) - Hong Kong's subway system has joined a British rail operator to bid for a commuter and high-speed train franchise in southeast England, it was announced.

The MTR Corporation, majority owned by the Hong Kong government, will have a 29 percent stake in its partnership with Great North Eastern Railway, a subsidiary of Sea Containers Group that will hold the remaining shares, GNER said in a statement.

The partnership, called Great South Eastern Railway, will bid for the Integrated Kent Franchise -- comprising the commuter services now run by South Eastern Trains plus high-speed services on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

South Eastern Trains took over services from London into Kent for more than a year after French rail operator Connex was stripped of the franchise amid complaints of poor service.

"MTR is a world-class operation with an unrivalled expertise in delivering a safe, efficient, reliable and high-quality railway in one of the most heavily populated parts of the globe," said GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett.

"We have been working with them for some months and are pleased to deepen our partnership with today's announcement," he said.

"The world leading skills of MTR in running densely timetabled services on heavily utilised routes will perfectly complement GNER's high speed experience."

Rail services were privatised in the 1990s, with GNER running express train services along the East Coast Line that links London with major cities in northeast England and Scotland.
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24 November 2004
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KCRC offers free travel for the disabled on International Day of Disabled Persons 2004



More Information on the Day : http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/disiddp.htm

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will offer free travel for the disabled and their a companionaccompanying carer on all KCRC services on this Sunday’s (28 November 2004), International Day of Disabled Persons 2004. Disabled persons and their accompanying carersa companion can enjoy unlimited free rides on not only on East Rail, West Rail, Light Rail and KCR Bbusesus, but also on West Rail.

KCRC has been a staunch supporter of the International Day of Disabled Persons to promote the full participation and integration of the disabled into the community. The Corporation has been offering free rides on this day since the Joint Council for the Physically and Mentally Disabled first organised a free ride daythe event in 1993.

On Sunday, holders of a “free ride card” issued by the Joint Council for the Physically and Mentally Disabled can obtain a standard class ticket from any East Rail or West Rail ticket office valid for travelling between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Lo Wu stations or between Nam Cheong and Tuen Mun stations respectively. A n accompanying carercompanion of the disabled person is also entitled to one free ticket. Disabled persons and one of their accompany carersof their companions can also ride on all Light Rail routes and all KCR buses free of charge.

KCR stations and trains are equipped with a range of facilities to make KCR services accessible to allevery member of the community, including those with disability individuals with special needs. The Corporation is continuously looking for opportunities to further improve the barrier-free environment.
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MTRC tries Britain again
Danny Chung, Hong Kong Standard
25 November 2004

MTR Corp (MTRC), Hong Kong's underground rail operator, has made its fourth attempt to expand into Britain by taking a 29 per cent stake in a joint venture to bid for a commuter and high-speed train franchise.

The MTRC will team up with Great North Eastern Railway (GNER), a unit of Sea Containers Group that will own the remainder of the Great South Eastern Railway venture.

The venture will bid for the seven-year Integrated Kent franchise for the commuter services now run by South Eastern Trains and high-speed services on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Sea Containers expects the franchise to generate more than 375 million (HK$5.42 billion) a year.

MTRC public relations manager Catherine Sing said total investment had not been fixed yet and the timetable for bids was still subject to Britain's Strategic Railway Authority.

Sing said the venture is bidding for the operating franchise where the winning bidder will take on the staff employed by the rail network. "I believe the staff requirement from the MTR will be minimal," she said. "We will be mainly offering our management expertise as we are a heavily utilised commuter line in Hong Kong."

The franchise, which will begin in 2005, is to provide commuter services between London and Kent in southeastern England as well as parts of Sussex and southeast London.

The franchise's London stations include Victoria and Charing Cross, and smaller ones such as Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Waterloo East and London Bridge. It will connect to Kent towns such as Hastings, Ashford, Folkestone, Dover and Ramsgate.

For the high-speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the franchise will operate trains between the port of Folkestone and St Pancras station. "MTR is a world-class operation with an unrivalled expertise in delivering a safe, efficient, reliable and high-quality railway in one of the most heavily populated parts of the globe," GNER chief executive Christopher Garnett said.

"The world-leading skills of MTR in running densely timetabled services on heavily utilised routes will perfectly complement GNER's high-speed experience."

MTRC suffered a setback in July after the British government denied funding for a 250 million tram project in Portsmouth in southern England. MTRC was part of the Smart consortium, one of the two groups that tendered for the development of the 14 kilometre link. The railway operator also failed in its bid for tram schemes in Leeds and Manchester previously.

MTRC is also expanding in China. It signed an agreement with the Shenzhen government to build the city's first urban railway. It will also invest in a rail project in Beijing with Beijing Infrastructure Investment Company and Beijing Capital Group.
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The Guardian (London) - Final Edition
November 25, 2004
Chinese bid for UK rail franchises:
Hong Kong firm, with 99% punctuality record, wants to run British trains

Andrew Clark, Transport correspondent

A Chinese state-controlled rail operator has made a surprise entry into Britain's rail industry, with ambitious plans to bid for franchises covering mainline rail services throughout London and the home counties.

Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) has struck a deal with the inter-city firm GNER to table a joint bid for a new franchise covering all of Kent.

With a punctuality record of 99%, MTR claims to be the world's most reliable train company. It is listed on the Hong Kong stock market but 77% of its shares are held by Hong Kong's government.

MTR's operations director, Phil Gaffney, said if it were successful in Kent, it could bid for franchises covering Thameslink, Silverlink and South West Trains.

Mr Gaffney said MTR's plans would include parachuting Hong Kong executives into roles at British train operations. He said the firm would commit itself to a substantial improvement in performance.

"We've had to work very hard to get an international reputation," said Mr Gaffney. "There's no way we're going to have that reputation destroyed."

The so-called Integrated Kent rail franchise will comprise all services operated by South Eastern Trains, plus high-speed services on the channel tunnel rail link which opens in 2007. GNER and MTR face competition for the franchise from three other shortlisted bidders: FirstGroup, Denmark's DSB and a joint venture between Go-Ahead and France's Keolis.

GNER's chief executive, Christopher Garnett, said its expertise in long-distance services would complement MTR's knowledge of intensive commuter operations. He said: "Kent's commuters have suffered for too long."

South Eastern Trains has been operated by the government since the network's French operator, Connex, was sacked for poor financial controls by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) a year ago.

Unions say its performance has improved under public ownership. Some 117 MPs have signed an early day motion calling for the refranchising of the service to be halted. More than 3,500 members of the public have sent postcards to the transport secretary, Alistair Darling, calling for it to remain in government hands.

It emerged yesterday that the timetable for the potentially unpopular refranchising has slipped until the autumn - after a likely general election in the spring.

Keith Norman, acting general secretary of the train drivers' union Aslef, said any private bids were unwelcome: "To hand the running of this vital public service back to the private sector will be seen as a victory for bankers and big business over the interests of passengers and the public."

The SRA said it would need to approve MTR's tie-up with GNER. But a spokesman said: "We always welcome possible new entrants to the UK market."

MTR could face a culture shock. In Hong Kong, there is little overcrowding because nearly everybody stands - there are 48 seats in carriages for 300 people. While South Eastern Trains spent £500,000 cleaning graffiti off its trains last year, MTR said vandalism in China was virtually unknown. Mr Gaffney said in Asian cultures, "people value property, in particular other people's property, too much to destroy it".

If it is successful, MTR will sit alongside other foreign players, the Netherlands' Ned Railways - which runs services in Merseyside and is soon to take on trains covering much of northern England - and the French firm Keolis, which is co-operator of Southern Trains.

Roger Ford, technical editor of Modern Railways magazine, said it was foolish to expect overseas operators to work magic: "MTR is a very good operation in Hong Kong. But they have a brand new system which was built by the Brits. They have brand new trains and a brand new track which has been steadily upgraded and improved. Compare that with Kent and what do they know?"
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KCRC chief fails to impress lawmakers
Emily Tang, Hong Kong Standard
27 November 2004

A hard-sell effort on Friday by the Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) to set lower-than-proposed fares for the new Ma On Shan Rail failed to satisfy legislators who believe they could be even lower.

Transport sector legislator Miriam Lau doubted the fares were cheap enough to get commuters to change their travelling habits.

"The fares are already very attractive," KCRC chairman Michael Tien repeatedly said when addressing Legco's transport panel.

He emphasised that only about 10 per cent of passengers put fares as their prime concern when choosing the mode of transportation. Others, he said, took time, frequency and other issues into account.

Ma On Shan passengers using the new rail will have to pay HK$5.80 to Tai Wai, HK$8.20 to Kowloon Tong, Mong Kok and Hung Hom, HK$11 to Tsim Sha Tsui East and HK$17.40 to Central under the proposed fare scale.

Travel within the Ma On Shan line would range between HK$3.20 and HK$4.50.

Legislators criticised Tien for the extra HK$2.80 to Tsim Sha Tsui East which was just one stop from Hung Hom. However, Tien explained this was necessary to correspond with the fares on the East Rail which charged between HK$2.50 and HK$3.50 for passengers going on to Tsim Sha Tsui East from Hung Hom.

The railway company predicted that the daily passenger flow for the rail extension would be around 190,000 one year after the railway is launched next month.

It projected a first year revenue of HK$245 million which, it said, will barely cover the running costs and which will not be sufficient to pay the interest on loans.

Tien said there will be a review of the fares should the passenger flow fall below the benchmark.

Meanwhile, the current free-ride offer to passengers taking the K11 bus to the East Rail will be cancelled when the new railway service begins.

The cut will be compensated by fare discounts ranging from 50 cents to HK$1 for 11 transit bus routes along the new railway.
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