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Old May 10th, 2005, 12:05 AM   #761
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2005 年 05 月 09 日




九 鐵 為 吸 引 更 多 遊 客 使 用 轄 下 四 條 鐵 路 作 遊 覽 景 點 的 交 通 工 具 , 下 周 一 ( 本 月 十 六日 ) 起 推 出 「 九 鐵 遊 客 套 票 」 及 「 九 鐵 本 地 乘 車 證 」 , 讓 乘 客 可 在 指 定 時 間 內 「 任搭 」 指 定 鐵 路 的 列 車 及 接 駁 巴 士 , 售 價 分 別 為 八 十 元 及 三 十 元 。

「 九 鐵本 地 乘 車 證 」 售 價 三 十 元 , 乘 客 可 於 購 票 當 天 無 限 次 使 用 東 鐵 的 普 通 等 服 務 ( 羅 湖及 馬 場 站 除 外 ) 、 馬 鐵 、 西 鐵 、 輕 鐵 及 行 走 新 界 西 北 的 九 鐵 巴 士 , 以 及 東 鐵 接 駁 巴士 K12 ( 星 期 日 及 公 眾 假 期 除 外 ) 、 K14 、 K16 、 K17 及 K18 線 。

推 廣 四 條 鐵 路 服 務
至 於 「 九 鐵 遊 客 套 票 」 , 售 價 八 十 元 , 包 括 三 張 乘 車 證 , 包 括 「 九 鐵 本 地 乘 車 證 」、 「 九 鐵 羅 湖 線 乘 車 證 」 及 「 輕 鐵 、 九 鐵 巴 士 登 車 證 」 各 一 張 , 持 羅 湖 乘 車 證 可 在購 票 當 天 一 個 月 內 乘 搭 東 鐵 及 馬 鐵 來 回 羅 湖 站 一 次 。 使 用 輕 鐵 及 巴 士 服 務 時 則 要 同時 出 示 「 九 鐵 本 地 乘 車 證 」 及 「 輕 鐵 、 九 鐵 巴 士 登 車 證 」 。

乘 客 可 在 馬鐵 、 西 鐵 及 東 鐵 ( 馬 場 站 除 外 ) 沿 線 各 車 站 購 買 上 述 兩 款 套 票 , 但 羅 湖 站 不 發 售 「九 鐵 本 地 乘 車 證 」 , 在 該 站 購 買 「 九 鐵 遊 客 套 票 」 的 乘 客 , 將 獲 發 一 張 「 九 鐵 本 地乘 車 證 」 換 領 券 , 憑 券 可 在 購 票 當 天 起 五 天 內 在 任 何 車 站 換 領 「 九 鐵 本 地 乘 車 證 」, 但 乘 車 證 只 在 換 領 當 天 有 效 。 另 外 , 凡 購 買 「 九 鐵 遊 客 套 票 」 或 「 九 鐵 本 地 乘 車證 」 的 乘 客 , 均 可 免 費 獲 贈 介 紹 九 鐵 沿 線 食 肆 及 購 物 點 的 旅 遊 地 圖 一 張 。

九 鐵 市 務 總 經 理 黎 啟 憲 表 示 , 內 地 旅 客 來 港 數 目 日 益 增 加 , 九 鐵 希 望 藉 新 推 出 的 套票 , 向 旅 客 推 廣 東 鐵 、 馬 鐵 、 西 鐵 及 輕 鐵 的 服 務 , 並 為 旅 客 帶 來 更 方 便 舒 適 的 旅 程。
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Old May 10th, 2005, 05:31 PM   #762
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Old May 11th, 2005, 07:38 PM   #763
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HK MTR Corp Signs MOU To Develop Wuhan Metro Projects
10 May 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--MTR Corp. (0066.HK) said Tuesday it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Wuhan municipal government to jointly develop three metro lines in the central China city.

The Hong Kong railway operator said the Wuhan municipal government is planning to add three metro lines to its existing metro network, which will have a total route length of about 70 kilometers by 2011.

'In line with our strategies, MTRC continues to explore new business opportunities beyond Hong Kong into mainland China and Europe,' said MTRC in a statement.

Wuhan is the capital city of China's Hubei province and a major transport hub in central China.

- By Chan Ka Sing
- Edited by David Riordan
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Old May 12th, 2005, 04:34 AM   #764
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Accords put Wuhan next on MTRC China map
Danny Chung
11 May 2005
Hong Kong Standard

MTR Corp is seeking to help build a railway in Wuhan in a move that will expand its presence on the mainland as growth in its home market slows.

MTRC, 76 percent owned by the SAR government, said Tuesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wuhan Urban Construction Investment & Development Group and the Wuhan Municipal Development Planning Commission to build and run metro lines.

MTRC spokeswoman Wong Chiu- yung said it is too early to estimate the investment amount because the project still requires a feasibility study and that MTR has no preferred line to develop.

"We're only exploring the opportunities for cooperation," she said.

The city in Hebei is planning to add a second section to its existing Line 1 as well as two other lines in the next phase of its metro network development.

Wong said the Wuhan government is also interested in a development model that includes properties.

"The payback on railways is [typically] long, so if property is included, this would speed up the payback period," said Daiwa Institute of Research analyst Jonas Kan.

MTRC has been busy looking for overseas projects in the past year or so to offset slow growth of its railway operations in Hong Kong, where expansion plans have not been finalized.

The company signed an agreement with the Beijing municipal government last year to develop Beijing Metro Line 4 in a public-private partnership.

It also agreed last year to invest in a company that will develop the second phase of Line 4 of the Shenzhen Metro.

The project will cost six billion yuan (HK$5.66 billion).

The railway operator also has property development rights for the Shenzhen section it will develop.

Besides Line 4 of the Shenzhen Metro, MTRC is looking to take part in two to three other lines in Shenzhen, as well as the same number of rail projects in Beijing, chief executive Chow Chung-kong said last month.

At full development, Wuhan's subway is expected to comprise seven lines totaling 220 kilometres in length with 182 stations.

The city is looking to have a metro network with a total length of about 70 kilometers by 2011.

MTRC shares closed the day up 1.94 percent at HK$13.15 Tuesday.
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Hong Kong MTR Corporation's 2003 Sustainability Report Named Best by ACCA
11 May 2005
China News Digest

The 2003 Sustainability Report, issued by Hong Kong subway operator MTR Corporation in 2004, was awarded the Best Sustainability Report Award by the Hong Kong Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), MTR announced on May 11, 2005.

The award was given in recognition of MTR's outstanding performance in sustainability reporting. This is the third time in a row for the company to win this award since it was first launched in 2003.

The ACCA Hong Kong Awards for Sustainability Reporting aim at identifying and rewarding innovative attempts to communicate organisational performance in sustainability and environmental reporting.

MTR's award-winning report has also been included in the best 100 sustainability reports worldwide in a United Nations sponsored study, undertaken by British strategy consultancy and independent think tank SustainAbility in 2004.

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KCRC told to go faster with study into Northern Link
Winnie Chong, Hong Kong Standard
May 13, 2005

Yuen Long and Tuen Mun district councillors and the Democratic Party have urged the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation to finish the feasibility study on its proposed Northern Link railway as soon as possible so the project can get the government's green light sooner.

KCRC acting chief executive officer Samuel Lai told about 10 district councillors at a meeting Thursday the proposal is technically feasible.

The operator is studying costs and operational requirements and expects to submit a report to the government on the new railway line by the middle of this year.

Lai said the Northern Link could be finished within five years of government approval. The KCRC is also studying the possibility of linking the Northern Link with West Rail, he said.

The Northern Link would run between Kam Sheung Road in Kam Tin and Lok Ma Chau. If connected to West Rail, it would provide another rail link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen to relieve congestion at Lo Wu.

At the same time, a KCRC proposal to improve the utilization of its Light Transit Railway has been criticized by Yuen Long and Tuen Mun residents.

The operator plans to reduce the number of seats in LRT carriages from 38 to 26, to allow more standing room and increase passenger capacity by 15 percent. It also plans to modify 50 of its 119 carriages before September.

According to a recent study conducted by the Democratic Party in April, 75 per cent of passengers opposed the plan. Tuen Mun district councillor Cheung Yin-tung said many passengers, especially the elderly and young children, need seats for the journey.

"We hope the KCR would carry out more tests before implementing the seat changes to 50 cars,'' Cheung said.

Instead, Cheung urged the KCRC to consider adding more carriages instead of reducing seats to increase capacity.

Democratic Party vice-chairman Albert Ho said the KCRC should evaluate how the LRT, buses and West Rail will cater to growing passenger demand in New Territories West. Lai said the KCRC would undertake such a study this year, but would need to carefully examine the need to invest in more LRT rolling stock.

The district councillors also suggested KCRC offer short-journey monthly tickets for HK$200 to allow people to travel within Yuen Long and Tuen Mun.
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Rail firms urged to expand networks
Truck traffic in next 20 years predicted to reach 'crazy' level
Cheung Chi-fai
13 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Hong Kong's rail operators were yesterday urged to play a bigger role in the development of the Pearl River Delta's rail networks to help reduce air pollution.

But logistics experts admitted there were limitations in using railways to replace diesel-fuelled trucks between the region's production bases and ports.

The suggestion and concerns were raised at a conference on power and transport infrastructure in the Pearl River Delta, organised by the Business Environment Council and Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. The South China Morning Post is the media partner in the event.

Hung Wing-tat, a transport expert from Polytechnic University, said highway development could never catch up with the growing number of vehicles in the region.

He said rail development was lagging and the MTR Corporation and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation should explore opportunities to speed up the process.

"Had they been more aggressive, the region's rail system could have been a different scenario and not stagnant as it is today," he said.

According to figures cited by Fred Brown, the chief executive of the MVA Group, a transport consultancy, the number of vehicles in the Pearl River Delta region grew from 4.1 million in 1997 to 7.9 million in 2003. The number of trucks rose from 497,000 to 753,000 in the same period.

He believed the rail network in the delta region had great potential. But highways would remain the dominant mode of transport in the medium term, Mr Brown said.

During the conference, Daniel Cheng Man-chung from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries complained about the low use of railways in moving cargo from the 77,000 Hong Kong-owned factories in the delta region.

"Why can't we have a rail line serving factories in the PRD? Some officials said this is a political issue as it will take away truckers' jobs. But this really frustrates me because if this is the case, we shouldn't have moved our factories across the border because there were job losses [in Hong Kong] too," he said.

While the quality of air was already intolerable, truck traffic in the next 20 years would reach a "crazy" level, he said.

But his idea of a dedicated cargo line was opposed by experts such as Mr Brown, who said the line would be too expensive.

Hong Kong International Terminals' executive director Kenneth Ying Tze-man said freight rail would only be viable if the source of cargo was at least 350km from the port.

Mr Ying said East Rail had moved only 15,000 containers out of a total of 22 million last year.

He suggested barges and other river transport should be used more to move cargo out of the region, which he said would achieve significant reductions in pollution and fuel costs compared with using trucks.

As to whether the planned bridge between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau should have a rail line, Highways Department project manager Lam Chiu-hung said it would add $6 billion to the cost.

But Otto Poon Lok-to, a member of the Council for Sustainable Development, said such a line was viable.
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KCRC kicks off tender for 2,500-unit residential site
13 May 2005

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp has begun its first tender exercise of the year, for a 1.85-million-square-foot, 2,528-unit residential project in Wu Kai Sha.

Developers are required to pay $340 million up front and a further minimum of $300 million in a profit-sharing scheme, according to one developer which was invited to submit a tender.

Property agents estimated total investment at about $7 billion, based on an accommodation value of $2,700 per square foot. Seventeen developers, including smaller players such as Chun Wo Holdings, SEA Holdings and Kowloon Development - along with Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties - have expressed their interest in the project. Tenders close on June 10. Ernest Kong

cheung kong pursues spin-off trail in australia

Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings is actively pursuing a separate listing of its Australian portfolio, which will include a new Sydney tunnel, according to deputy managing director Eric Kwan Bing-sing.

The company's Australian investments, totalling A$4.8 billion ($28.86 billion), are mainly in energy and water supply, toll roads and tunnels.

Chairman Victor Li Tzar-kuoi said investment banks had approached the company with spin-off proposals.

Mr Kwan said the Sydney tunnel, in which the firm has a 40 per cent stake, would start operating next month and offer a taxed rate or return of more than 15 per cent.

He stressed the company had no concrete plans on the listing, including its location and fund-raising target.Andy Cheng

citigroup adding retail outlets on mainland

Citigroup, the world's biggest financial services company, plans to increase its retail outlets in southern China to 15 by 2007.

Citigroup, which already operates five retail outlets in Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, yesterday opened two branches in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, it said in a statement.

HSBC Holdings provides retail services in 10 mainland cities, and Standard Chartered in three.

"By 2010, China should overtake South Korea to become the second-largest personal financial services market in the region after Japan. China will become a profitable market for the foreign competitor," McKinsey & Co said in a research report.

"It pays to be prepared."

Citigroup provides wealth-management services for individuals with foreign currency assets in the mainland, where foreign lenders are prohibited from yuan consumer banking businesses until 2007.

The US lender, which owns 4.6 per cent of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, issued more than 20,000 dual-currency credit cards last year with its mainland partner.Bloomberg

Noble group sees sales energised in quarter

Strong contributions from the energy and minerals sectors saw sales at Singapore-listed Noble Group jump 36 per cent year on year in the first quarter.

Earnings rose 3.9 per cent to US$84.3 million as revenues reached US$2.54 billion.

The revenue contribution from its energy division grew a comparative 34 per cent to US$853.9 million, and it saw a similar performance from metals, minerals and ores, which added US$840 million to the top line.

The company said the US$700 million, 10-year bond successfully issued during the quarter had put it in the position to "examine and execute upon significant opportunities" to expand the business.Russell Barling

managing director exits Booming port operator

China Merchants Holdings (International), a state-controlled port operator, said managing director Li Yi would leave the firm at the end of the month.

Mr Li would "pursue other interests", Park Pu, a spokesman for the Hong Kong-based company, said yesterday. He declined to elaborate.

China Merchants had a 44 per cent rise in second-half profit after it handled more cargo at its container terminals and made a gain from selling its tanker business.

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Hong Kong's MTR looks to Europe for rail investments - reports
12 May 2005

HONG KONG (AFX) - MTR Corp is pursuing new business in Britain, Sweden, Holland, Germany and Italy, several newspapers here reported, citing head of European operations Jeremy Long.

'We'll look across Europe wherever there are opportunities,' said Long, a former British rail industry executive who joined the MTR on May 2.

Britain's rail authority last month named the MTR in a shortlist of five bidders for a franchise deal to operate the Thameslink/Great Northern network, linking London with Brighton and Cambridge.
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Hi.... does anyone know of any webpages that have sound files of the MTR/KCR public announcements they play on the trains? I tried http://www.ushb.net/broadcast/, but they're no longer there.
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New free paper seeks KCR link-up - The newspaper, owned by Centaline, could be distributed in train stations and have an initial print run of 100,000
Norma Connolly
16 May 2005
South China Morning Post

Real estate giant Centaline is in talks with the KCRC to distribute a new free newspaper at railway stations.

If the deal goes ahead, the as-yet-unnamed newspaper will have a potential readership base of up to 980,000 people - the number of passengers who pass through East Rail and West Rail stations each day, according to a Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation spokesman.

Centaline owner Sze Wing-ching said it was likely his paper, which he hoped to start in a few months, would have an initial print run of 100,000 copies a day.

A KCRC spokesman said: "The idea is to make use of our stations as a distribution channel for newspapers.

"That means we will receive rental from the organisation but we will not be involved in the operation of the newspaper."

The newspaper would compete with Metro Daily, which is available free in MTR stations and has a daily circulation of 302,000. MTR stations handle 2.4 million passengers a day.

The new paper is on a recruitment drive for editorial, advertising and marketing staff, and Metro has reportedly lost several editors and other staff. One former Metro staff member said: "Many chief editors and deputy chief editors have resigned to move to the new paper."

Mr Sze said he already had most of the top-tier staff in place.

Describing his target audience, Mr Sze said: "We will target those young people who have started in secure jobs; they're getting higher positions, higher pay. The newspaper should look more on the bright side of Hong Kong rather than telling people they have no future."

Media analysts said links to Centaline's property arm might give the newspaper a chance of success, but Mr Sze insisted that his real estate agencies would pay for advertising in the newspaper like everyone else.

"I think I would like them to run independently. I will not force Centaline to advertise in my newspaper. If [the advertising staff] cannot perform their function, I will not force Centaline to give advertising to them."

Damon Wong, senior research analyst at Quam Research, said the new paper faced an uphill battle in the crowded media market.

"It will definitely be loss-making until they can prove to advertisers they have readership. It will bleed red for the first year or so. It doesn't matter whether they print 100,000 or just 50; without advertising, they'll be loss-making."

Joseph Man Chan, of Chinese University's school of journalism and communication, said there may be room for another paper, especially at the upper end of the market.

But he queried whether a free paper would work as a strong marketing ploy, especially if the paper targeted an affluent audience.

"My hunch is that the price is not a problem for these affluent people." he said.

"They can afford to buy a paper. The important thing is whether it serves as a good alternative to what they have been reading. These people are not short of money; what they are short of is time."
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MTR Corp Ops Managing Director Gaffney To Retire End-2005
17 May 2005

HONG KONG (Dow Jones)--MTR Corp. (0066.HK) said Tuesday Phil Gaffney will retire as managing director of operations and business development by the end of 2005.

Gaffney, who joined the Hong Kong railway operator in 1977, will be moving to Europe to spend more time with his family, the company said in a brief statement.

However, Gaffney will continue to 'provide advice and support' to the company's business development in Europe.

MTR said Deputy Operations Director Andrew McCusker will become acting operations director responsible for Hong Kong rail operations once Gaffney retires.
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Searched this thread and there is no MTR network map (english)? Anyone got a current one showing the latest proposals. Its been a while since Ive been to Lantau but it's developing well with HK Disneyland...
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www.urbanrail.net has all the planned lines on the full map.

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24 May 2005
MTR Press Release
Sunny Bay Station Opens For Tung Chung Line Service Only

From 1 June 2005 onward, the Tung Chung Line platforms of Sunny Bay Station will commence operation allowing passengers to board and alight from Tung Chung Line trains in the station.

This opening would facilitate authorized personnel to access the Penny’s Bay area which remains a construction area not open to the public.

When the Disneyland Resort Line commences service later this summer to tie in with the opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland in September, MTR passengers can interchange at Sunny Bay Station to the Disneyland Resort Line.

With the opening of Sunny Bay station, there will be extra traveling time for both the
Airport Express and the Tung Chung Line services. The journey times for Airport xpress
(Hong Kong Station to Airport Station) and Tung Chung Line (Hong Kong Station to Tung Chung Station) will become 24 minutes and 28 minutes respectively.
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Searched this thread and there is no MTR network map (english)? Anyone got a current one showing the latest proposals. Its been a while since Ive been to Lantau but it's developing well with HK Disneyland...
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25 May 2005
Corporate Press Release
Emergency Drill at East Rail Tai Wo Station

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill at Tai Wo Station in the early morning today. Two emergency services organisations, the Fire Services Department and the Hong Kong Police Force, also took part in the drill, one of the many organised by KCRC every year for its various railway networks.

In the drill scenario, a southbound train stalled at 50 metres to the north of Tai Wo Station. A man on board the train set fire to some inflammable liquid, causing heavy smoke to emit from some train cars. KCRC staff and relevant emergency services teams were summoned to the spot immediately to assist in the evacuation of passengers and the rescue of three injured passengers.

KCRC Railway Safety Manager Mr Louis Leung said, “This drill simulated a fire and heavy smoke situation, and KCRC staff and various rescue teams demonstrated a high level of responsiveness, coordination and communication.”

The exercise was held after the close of rail traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. KCRC organises a number of large-scale joint emergency drills jointly with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and various emergency services organisations.



KCRC organised a joint emergency drill in the early morning of 25 May 2005 at East Rail Tai Wo Station. Fireman assisted the injured to leave the scene via the detrainment ladder installed underneath the train to go back to Tai Wo Station.



At Tai Wo Station, KCRC staff and emergency teams joined hands to rescue the injured.
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MTR Lands $725M Rail Project in China
Thursday May 26, 9:00 am ET

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's MTR Corp. said Thursday it has landed a 6 billion Chinese yuan (US$725 million) railway project in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, as the subway operator continues to expand outside its home turf.

The project, which MTR will build and operate, will include a 20.5-kilometer (12.7-mile) double-track urban railway with 15 stations.

"Whilst Hong Kong always remains MTRC's home, we are also looking beyond Hong Kong for business opportunities to generate new revenue and profit streams," said MTR Chief Executive C.K. Chow. This is MTR's second metro project in China after it signed on in February to construct and operate a metro line in Beijing in a public-private partnership project.
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Wow! Interchange on every station apart from Olympic!
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