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Old March 15th, 2005, 06:28 PM   #681
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An added incentive to use your Octopus card :

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Old March 16th, 2005, 06:12 PM   #682
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HK's MTR keen to invest in Thai subway - adviser

BANGKOK, March 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong railway operator MTR Corp. (0066.HK) is interested in investing in the expansion of Bangkok's new subway system, the project adviser said on Tuesday.

MTR also wanted to be an adviser for the 400 billion-baht ($10.4 billion) underground project and lend to it, Pichit Akrathit, president of MFC Asset Management (MFC.BK), the project adviser.

"No deal has been made. But if we get a loan from them, we my get low interest rates," he said.

The Thai government was likely to allow foreign investors to invest about 20-30 percent of the project, Pichit said.

"There are many foreign investors showing interest in investing in this project," Pichit said.

"The Finance Ministry is expected to decide on the issue over the 3-4 months," he said without elaborating.

The underground system, which started operating last July, will add more routes over the next 3-6 years.

It is part of the government's mega infrastructure projects worth 1.5 trillion baht over the next five years. ($1=38.41 baht).
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Old March 16th, 2005, 06:54 PM   #683
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All bus signs are in both English and Chinese. KMB buses announce the name of the next stop in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin (that order). MTR and KCR trains also display and announce the next stop in both English and Chinese. Road signs are also bilingual.
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Old March 18th, 2005, 07:15 AM   #684
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15 March 2005
Corporate Press Release
Mural Paintings on show at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) launched the “Art Corner” at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station (ETS) earlier this year in support of the promotion and development of local art education. Following the success of the programme, the Corporation today staged a new collection of 15 mural paintings produced by the local student artists.

This exhibition, named as ‘This Generation, Next Station: Painting Exhibition and Impressions of Hong Kong’, has an objective of combining the creativity of visual arts and the learning of art appreciation and criticism. It offers a platform for secondary schools students to share their impressions and views of Hong Kong with the public.

The students’ paintings, substantiated with art critique and activities, have been enlarged and regrouped to form the mural display at ETS. This form of public exhibition would be further exploited as a teaching tool in the future.

“KCRC has all been in support of the promotion of community art and started to display a collection of mural paintings late last year at ETS on a trial basis. Because of the positive response, the Corporation has decided to enlarge the scale of this type of exhibition,” said Mrs Grace Lam, General Manager – Corporate Affairs of KCRC. “We believe this modern collection of paintings will not only beautify the station, but will also help promote art education in Hong Kong.”

“ETS is an important transportation hub in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, attracting tens of thousands of local passengers and tourists everyday. The exhibition of the students’ works at the station not only provides a venue for passengers to see the art works, but also makes KCR journeys more enjoyable,” Mrs Lam said.

This exhibition, on show at ETS for three months, is co-organised by the Professional Association of Arts Education, Hong Kong Ltd.



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Old March 18th, 2005, 07:43 AM   #685
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17 March 2005
Enhanced Airport Express Train Service for Easter
MTR Press Release

For passengers catching early morning flights, trains to Hong Kong International Airport will depart at 5am on 24 and 25 March nearly one hour earlier than usual.

During peak periods, trains will depart every 10 minutes as opposed to the normal 12 minutes a train.

24-25 March 2005
- train frequency increased to 10-minute intervals from 7am-3pm
- first train departs Hong Kong Station at 5am, 50 minutes earlier than normal schedule

28 March 2005
- train frequency increased to 10-minute intervals from 6pm-11pm

Passengers can also enjoy discounted ticket prices when travelling in groups. From now until 14 December 2005, travel with family and friends in groups of 2,3, or 4 people on the Airport Express to enjoy savings of up to 40%.

Passengers purchasing group tickets are also entitled to buy the two limited edition "Spring Journey- Doraemon Child ticket Sets" from 21 March to 30 April 2005 at $30 each. Each ticket set includes one Airport Express child ticket and a free gift featuring Doraemon.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 12:28 AM   #686
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Oh my gosh what happened? Did someone fall onto the tracks or something in the first pic?

On an unrelated note, are those MTR cops (if such a thing exist) or are they HK cops? cause I thought cops there have their ranks on their sleeves...or did they update the uni already...

Do HK's subways have security guards at stations?
there are 25 Police District in Hong Kong, and one of them are MTR District. the subway system is petroled by Hong Kong Police (HKPD) on a regular basis.
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Old March 19th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #687
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KCRC puts Kowloon project up for tender
Nam Cheong station site will include 19 residential blocks and an office tower

Ernest Kong and Denise Tsang
19 March 2005
South China Morning Post

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) is preparing to roll out its largest residential project of the year - the 4,253-unit development on Nam Cheong station, in Kowloon.

"We will invite developers to express their interest next month," said KCRC property director Daniel Lam Chun, adding that the firm hoped to pick a winner in the second quarter.

The project is the KCRC's second this year, coming after the 2,528-unit site at Wu Kai Sha station on the Ma On Shan line, which drew interest from 17 developers including Citic Pacific and China Overseas Land & Investment, which had been dormant in the sector for some time.

The rail firm stopped receiving expressions of interest for Wu Kai Sha in January and Mr Lam said the tender process would begin before Easter.

Surveyors have estimated the total investment for the Nam Cheong project to be up to $16 billion, including a land premium of up to $11 billion, or about $2,800 per square foot.

Mr Lam said the same land premium payment method used for Wu Kai Sha, by which developers can pay in instalments, will be extended to the Nam Cheong project.

However, it was understood that developers may also choose to pay it in one lump sum to avoid any increase in the premium brought about by a bullish property market.

Nam Cheong, which will be developed in two phases, comprises 10 high-rise residential towers, nine sea-facing low-rise residential blocks and a 39-storey office tower with a retail podium.

It will generate 3.97 million sq ft of residential space and about 745,945 sq ft of commercial space.

The project is among five KCRC developments up for tender this year. The others are at Yuen Long, Tuen Mun and Tsuen Wan West stations on the West Rail line.

The residential development in Yuen Long will provide 2,214 flats, the Tuen Mun site 2,128 flats and Tsuen Wan West 1,776 units. The five projects are due for completion between 2008 and 2011.

Property analysts expect the projects being put up for tender by Hong Kong's two rail firms this year, which will provide more than 15,000 units, to become major sources from which developers will replenish their land banks.

It is believed that MTR Corp will tender the second phase of its Tseung Kwan O Dreamcity project this year.

The first phase of development, known as Area 86, was won by Cheung Kong (Holdings) with an undisclosed bid in January after 11 companies submitted tenders.

The whole Dreamcity development will comprise 21,500 flats when it is completed in 10 years time.
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Old March 20th, 2005, 11:01 AM   #688
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i heard from a friend who visited hong kong just like 2 days ago that mtr stations have internet terminals in them. are they available at some or most or all mtr stations? they are free right. won't there be queues. cool.

are they found in kcr stations as well?

anything else special abt hk's mtr?
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i heard from a friend who visited hong kong just like 2 days ago that mtr stations have internet terminals in them. are they available at some or most or all mtr stations? they are free right. won't there be queues. cool.
These are available at 7 stations (Central, Prince Edward, Wan Chai, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon Bay, Causeway Bay).

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I don't think so.

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Hehe. Maybe you should ask your friend. What is special to us may not be special to other people.

What about getting fast food coupons for taking the MTR? Ha ha.
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These are available at 7 stations (Central, Prince Edward, Wan Chai, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon Bay, Causeway Bay).



I don't think so.



Hehe. Maybe you should ask your friend. What is special to us may not be special to other people.

What about getting fast food coupons for taking the MTR? Ha ha.
people really do get fast food coupons for taking the mtr? what are the discounts like? successful?
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people really do get fast food coupons for taking the mtr? what are the discounts like? successful?
yeap, in most of the(i'm not sure is it in everyone) MTR station, there is a mechine called "sth i forgot" . there is a good selection of different coupons from businesses. e.g. Fastfood, medical, snacks, computer stuff, travel, etc... each coupon cost you HKD$1, just simply place yr Octopus card of the reader, the coupon will be print right away. you sometimes could get a really good deal!
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Old March 24th, 2005, 03:49 PM   #692
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March 21, 2005
Government Press Release
KCRC sees record patronage, revenue

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation's total patronage and recurrent revenue hit record highs last year, with growth rates of 20.1% and 12.4%. The Government, as the KCRC's sole shareholder, will receive a dividend of $172 million.

KCRC Chairman James Tien said the net profit after tax was $429 million, down 68.9% when compared with the net profit of $1.38 billion in 2003, adding there is no room for fare cut at the moment. However, to attract more passengers to the Ma On Shan Rail, a six-month pass scheme will be introduced on April 1, which will also be useable on the East Rail.

According to the KCRC's annual results released today, total patronage rose from 1,131,800 daily passenger trips in 2003 to 1,354,800 trips a day on average for 2004 mainly due to the increase in patronage of West Rail, the opening of the new Tsim Sha Tsui Extension and Ma On Shan Rail.

Patronage up

West Rail daily patronage rose over 70% to about 173,000 by December. East Tsim Sha Tsui Station currently handles 68,000 passengers a day while the Ma On Shan Rail carries 92,000.

The East Rail's domestic patronage surged 5.3% to an average of 566,000 passenger trips a day. Its share of the domestic market for North East New Territories to urban journeys remained relatively unchanged at around 40%.

In the cross-boundary market, the KCRC continued to suffer from severe competition from direct coaches, with market share falling from 68.6% in 2003 to 61.2% last year with an average of 232,500 passengers a day.

On intercity passenger services, the average daily passengers increased 37.5% to 8,000. The Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train market share grew from 22.9% in 2003 to 25.4% in 2004.

Last year also witnessed a substantial increase in ridership for the Light Rail Transit, with daily patronage averaging 360,000, up 23.5% over the previous year.

Revenue up

Transport revenue rose 12.1% to $4.28 billion, as compared with $3.82 billion in 2003. Non-transport recurrent revenue, derived mainly from property rents, surged 14.5% to $695 million from $607 million in 2003.

However, net profit after tax was $429 million, down 68.9% when compared with the net profit of $1.38 billion in 2003. This was mainly due to the sharp increase in depreciation and operating costs resulting from the full year operation of the West Rail, and the opening of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension and Ma On Shan Rail.

Operating costs before depreciation grew 31.8% to $2.81 billion while depreciation rose 118.2% to $1.63 billion.
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24 March 2005
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East Rail One Month Pass to go on sale tomorrow

The East Rail One-Month Pass of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will go on sale tomorrow (25 March 2005) at all East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail stations (except Lo Wu and Racecourse stations).

The April One-Month Pass will be sold at a special price of $300. Starting from tomorrow until 12 April, passengers can bring their Octopus cards to the ticket office of any East Rail or Ma On Shan Rail stations (except Lo Wu and Racecourse stations) to buy the monthly pass. The validity of the pass will be recorded in the microchips of the Octopus cards.

First time buyers of the East Rail One-Month Pass are eligible to enter a lucky draw with the first prize being one-year unlimited free rides on East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail (only applicable to standard class journeys and excluding rides to and from Lo Wu). The entry deadline is 7 September 2005.

Holders of the April One-Month Pass can enjoy the privilege of buying the monthly pass of the following months at a special rate of $300.

Passengers with the monthly pass can enjoy unlimited standard class journeys on East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail, except to and from Lo Wu and Racecourse stations in that month. They will also enjoy free East Rail feeder bus services on routes K12 (except Sundays and public holidays), K14, K16, K17 and K18. Pass holders travelling first class are, however, required to obtain first class authorisation and pay the difference between first class and standard class fares upon exiting the ticket gate. Monthly pass holders could not enjoy free K11 feeder bus service or interchange discount with MTRC, green minibus and bus operators.

In addition, KCRC calls on passengers to bring their Octopus cards to buy the monthly pass at the earliest opportunity to prevent too many passengers buying the pass at the end of March or on 1 April and thereby having to wait for a long time.
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March 14, 2005
MTR puts out feelers in Europe

MTR Corporation, owner and operator of Hong Kong's metro rail service, is seeking local partners for an attempt to expand into Europe's liberalising rail markets.

Phil Gaffney, managing director for operations and business development, said during a visit to London last week that MTR, which is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, was looking particularly at opportunities in the UK, Sweden and Germany.

The three countries are the most liberalised rail markets in Europe. In Sweden and Germany, local authorities have issued tenders for private operators to run some subsidised local rail services, instead of giving subsidy direct to the state rail operator. In the UK, nearly all rail services are operated under franchises awarded by a government body.

European rail operations would be a low-risk source of growth for MTR and, because trains are mostly leased, would impose small capital requirements.

MTR faces stagnation in the Hong Kong market and its other source of growth - the building and operation of metros in mainland China - promises to be relatively risky and capital-intensive.

MTR has already joined the UK's GNER in bidding for the Integrated Kent rail franchise in south-east England. The company has also qualified for a tender to operate a local train service in the south of Sweden.

Mr Gaffney said the company would be interested in bidding for the Silverlink, Great Northern/Thameslink and South West Trains franchises in the UK. In Sweden , MTR hopes to qualify for a tender to operate local services in Stockholm. Expansion into Germany is likely to take longer.
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South China Morning Post
March 22, 2005
KCRC discounts two struggling lines
Operator banks on special $ 300-a-month rail pass to boost patronage on its TST extension and Ma On Shan route
Denise Tsang and Helen Wu

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) is to launch a monthly pass for its Tsim Sha Tsui extension and Ma On Shan line next month as it battles to meet passenger targets on the new lines.

The pass will allow unlimited trips between Tsim Sha Tsui East and Sheung Shui and between the Ma On Shan line terminus, Wu Kai Sha, and Tai Wai for $ 380 - and $ 300 for patrons who buy a pass from the first month.

Describing the price as "astonishing", KCRC chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun said it would bring significant savings, especially to long-haul commuters from Sheung Shui or Ma On Shan.

The special promotion price of $ 300 is available in the first month and thereafter for passengers who buy every month. At that price the saving for people travelling every weekday and paying by Octopus will be $ 195. But if they skip a month they will pay the standard $ 380, which saves $ 100.

Bus companies, which have lost up to 17 per cent of passengers on routes competing with the Ma On Shan line, said they would monitor the impact of the passes, but there were no immediate plans for a fare-cutting war.

Announcing the new passes - which will replace existing discounts - Mr Tien said the railway could not afford general fare cuts because of poor shareholder returns. He said average daily passenger numbers on the two East Rail extensions were about half what the management had forecast by the first anniversary of operation.

The Ma On Shan line, which opened in December, is recording 92,000 passenger trips a day compared with the projected figure of 190,000. The Tsim Sha Tsui extension, which opened in October, is carrying 68,000 compared to a projected 100,000.

Legislators said the government-owned rail utility's $ 429 million after-tax earnings last year meant there was room for fare cuts.

But Mr Tien said the KCRC's return barely reached 1 per cent last year compared with about 5 per cent for the MTR Corporation.

He said the monthly pass offer would not apply to passengers to Lowu or the Sha Tin Racecourse, who were "a different group of customers".

A 20 per cent discount on same-day return trips will cease at the end of May.

District councillors had a mixed reaction to the scheme.

"We think it's a good thing. At least it's another choice," said Tai Po district councillor Kwan Wing-yip. "But we are disappointed the 20 per cent discount on the same-day return trip will soon end."

Sha Tin district councillor Thomas Pang Cheung-wai said $ 380 a month would not be a saving benefit to most people. He suggested a cheaper pass of about $ 250.

A KMB spokeswoman said the bus company had no plans for concessions as there were already discounts for the elderly on public holidays and a 10 per cent discount on rides costing $ 15 and above.

The other two bus operators, New World First Bus and Citybus, will closely monitor the situation after the introduction of the pass, a spokeswoman said. There has been a 10 per cent drop in passengers on New World First Bus's Ma On Shan routes and a 17 per cent drop for Citybus in the same area since the opening of the new train line.
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每張三百元 長途客受惠
九鐵推月票反應未踴躍

26/03/2005



【本報訊】九廣鐵路昨日開始在各個東鐵和馬鐵車站,發售適用於該兩條鐵路的東鐵「全月通」月票,早上購買的情況未見踴躍,至於使用月票是否有利,乘客則各有意見,有購買月票的長程乘客表示,每月車費可節省數十至百多元,火炭及沙田區乘客則認為月票無助減少開支,亦有市民認為減價最實際。

八達通可紀錄月票

九鐵由昨日起在各個東鐵和馬鐵車站發售月票,四月份的月票優惠價每張三百元,日後每月購買也可獲得優惠,但若在五月才首次購買,便需付原價三百八十元。其中上水火車站的售票處有貼上「全月通」的紙牌,讓乘客清楚知道購買月票的位置,不過,買月票的市民並不算太多,人龍僅維持在十至二十人左右,秩序良好,亦有職員駐守售票處,向乘客講解買月票的程序。

大埔火車站內購買月票的乘客則斷斷續續,不算踴躍,大部分購買月票的市民均居住於新界,每日需要往來市區上班,認為月票可以節省金錢,亦有市民表示,買月票是為了方便。

至於九龍塘火車站亦沒有出現購票的人龍,有市民指出月票除可慳錢外,最重要是一個月也不需再為買車票而煩惱;但亦有市民表示,月票並不能節省金錢,認為減價更加實際。

由昨日開始至下月十二日,東鐵的乘客只需攜帶八達通購買月票,可以將月票功能紀錄在八達通晶片內,乘客便可以用八達通來使用月票,但月票不包括馬場及羅湖站,並且只適用於普通車位,如要乘搭頭等,便需在上車前作頭等核準,出閘時補付車費的差額。

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KCRC faces break-even future as net slumps 69pc
Raymond Wang and Danny Chung
22 March 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Government-owned commuter rail operator Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp announced a 69 percent fall in net profit for 2004 and said it would do little more than break even in the next four years as it continues to absorb the start-up costs of new lines and face fierce competitionfor cross-boundary business.

Chairman Michael Tien forecast pre-tax profit of HK$1 billion in 2010 and HK$2 billion in 2011 _ roughly what KCRC was earning in 2002.

He said all investment in railways is for the long term, with heavy losses to be expected at first. "I expect in the next few years, there will be pressure on profits, but there will still be a cash operating surplus," he said.

As it expects to have surplus cash flow during its extended break-even period, KCRC will probably not need government handouts, Tien said.

KCRC's net profit after tax dived 68.9 percent to HK$429 million last year, though turnover rose 12.4 percent to HK$4.98 billion.

The company's glum outlook will make it harder for the government to realize its ambition to merge its wholly owned KCRC with MTR Corp, of which it owns just more than 75 percent.

The two companies submitted separatemerger proposals to the governmentin September.

MTRC managed a 1 percent profit increase to HK$4.5 billion in 2004.

KCRC said the main reason for its profit plunge was the increase in depreciationand operating costs resulting from opening new lines.

Depreciation more than doubled to HK$1.63 billion from HK$748 million in 2003. Operating costs before depreciationjumped 31.8 percent to HK$2.81 billion.

Pre-tax profits fell 73.2 percent to HK$512 million.

In May last year, Tien had warned that pre-tax profit would drop to HK$300 million due to underutilization of the West Rail system opened in late 2003 and fierce competition with bus companies for the patronage of travelers going to and from the boundary crossing at Lo Wu.

But increased use of the West Rail and the opening of its Tsim Shan Tsui extension and Ma On Shan line saw overall daily patronage climb to 1.35 million passengers from 1.13 million in 2003, an increase of 19.7 percent.

For West Rail, daily patronage at the end of December stood at 173,000 passengers, compared with about 100,000 when the system opened in December 2003. However, West Rail is still unable to meet its initial ridership forecast of 200,000 passengers a day.

KCRC said its Light Rail system had benefited from its new role as a feeder for West Rail. Daily patronage on Light Rail was 360,000, up 23.5 percent.

The company's core asset, the East Rail system, reported an increase of 5.3 percent to 566,000 passenger trips per day.
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Hong Kong MTR Expects Mainland Listing
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HONG KONG, March 02, SinoCast -- MTR Corporation Limited (HK:0066), a Hong Kong mass transit railway system operator, expects to be listed on China mainland's stock market as the company develops its business in China mainland, said the company's chairman Raymond Ch'ien Kuo Feng.

When the company's overseas business achieves a growth in turnover and the overseas company is approved of listing on the mainland. The company would seek for listing on the mainland, said the chairman.

The company would have more investment and operate longer subways in China mainland than in Hong Kong in the future 10 or 20 years, said the chairman.

After having reached deal on the subway projects in Beijing and Shenzhen, the company is in talks with related parties and plans to invest in the subway systems in Tianjin and Shanghai, said the chairman.
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Guangzhou Express link trains may hit 400km/h
29 March 2005
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Trains on the planned express rail link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou could reach speeds of 400km/h, cutting the trip down to 30 minutes, the mayor of Guangzhou said yesterday.

Zhang Guangning said the new railway could terminate at Panyu in Guangzhou, allowing it to link with the yet-to-be-built high-speed line heading towards Wuchang in Wuhan, Hubei province.

Using trains that could travel at 400km/h, the new Hong Kong-Guangzhou link is expected to trim travelling time between the two cities from 90 minutes to around half an hour.

The mayor said that when it opened, the express link would help bring Hong Kong and Guangzhou closer together.

But he declined to confirm whether magnetic levitation trains would be used for the proposed link.

Maglev trains can reach a top speed of more than 400km/h but have financial and technological drawbacks compared with high-speed bullet and TGV trains.

The maximum speed for the latter trains is 300km/h and they have proven safety records and relatively lower costs.

The express link between Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou has been in the pipeline since it was announced under the Hong Kong government's rail development strategy in 2000.

The South China Morning Post reported last month that a source familiar with the rail link's planning said the Hong Kong terminus of the line could be located at the West Kowloon Cultural District. It could be connected to the mainland via the West Rail and a bypass connecting Kam Sheung Road station and the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint.
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MTR most socially responsible company, student survey finds
Ravina Shamdasani
30 March 2005
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corporation topped a list of the five most socially responsible listed companies in Hong Kong in a survey of university students.

Social responsibility was measured with reference to five criteria, survey organiser Patsy Cheng Man-wah, of the SEE network, said.

The six-month-old SEE network publishes a free quarterly magazine whose central theme is sustainability.

The title stands for a balance of "society, economy and environment" in development.

Thirty-three of the biggest publicly listed companies were evaluated according to their level of corporate governance, contribution to the community, how well they treated their staff, their adoption of environmentally friendly practices and their respect for public opinion.

Of the worst qualities in a corporation, the students ranked worker exploitation and environmentally unfriendly practices as the most serious. The survey was organised by the SEE network together with a student organisation called the World University Service at the University of Hong Kong.

"Over 90 per cent of respondents said that upon graduation, they would want to enter a company with a good social conscience," Ms Cheng said.

"This shows that university students and consumers in general are more aware of corporate social responsibility and see it as a priority."

Maggie So Man-kit, external affairs officer for the MTR, said the company was aware of its power in Hong Kong as a vehicle that most people encountered daily. "We need to be able to balance our books but also need to be responsible to society," she said.

Rita Leung Shui-hing, manager of sustainable development with the Business Environmental Council, said local firms had a history of generosity to charities and were becoming environmentally aware.
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