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Old July 10th, 2005, 07:12 AM   #901
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I-Cable to sell $50,000 ad slots on KCRC news service
Firm aims for a million viewers a day and profits in a year

Frederick Yeung
8 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Pay-television operator i-Cable Communications will begin news broadcasts on Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp trains next month.

I-Cable will sell 30-second slots during its "Newsline Express" broadcasts for $50,000 and expects the service to be profitable within a year.

"We feel excited about this new out-of-home news medium," said Stephen Ng Tin-hoi, i-Cable's chairman and chief executive.

Mr Ng said a subsidiary, Hong Kong Cable News Express, would operate the service, which could reach a million commuters a day.

The company said under a five-year deal with KCRC, 18 news segments would be shown every hour, with about 30 per cent of air time for advertising.

Samuel Tsang, a general manager at Cable News Express, emphasised the train broadcasts were an independent operation and i-Cable would not bundle its pay-television airtime.

He said the new platform was expected to attract advertisers of cross-border services and consumer products.

A media manager of an advertising agency said he was sceptical about the venture. He said such outdoor multimedia platforms were losing market share and the target audience coverage of such transport systems was limited.

Clients still preferred traditional media such as newspapers, he said.

Mr Ng said i-Cable had benefited from the resurgent economy, with advertising sales up more than 10 per cent over a year earlier.

He said advertising revenue would reach about 10 per cent of the group's turnover this year, up from 8 per cent.

At present, more than 90 per cent of group revenue comes from subscription tariffs.

Mr Ng also said the pay-television business recorded growth in new subscribers for the first half of this year.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 04:37 PM   #902
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10 July 2005
Corporate Press Release
KCRC Good Passenger Campaign 2005 kicks off today

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) launched the KCRC Good Passenger Campaign 2005 at the West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station today. The campaign, through a series of promotional activities, seeks to encourage all passengers to abide by the KCRC Bylaws and be good passengers.

KCRC operates several railway networks and carries close to 1.3 million passengers a day. KCRC relies on the co-operation and support of passengers for a safe and smooth operation.

The main focus of the campaign is to remind Light Rail passengers to “beep” their Octopus cards at platforms before boarding Light Rail vehicles. Since Light Rail uses an open fare system, with no ticket gates at platforms and on trains, the Corporation very much counts on the co-operation of passengers.

Starting from 1 July, stickers have been posted on all Light Rail platforms and on all Light Rail vehicles to remind passengers to beep their Octopus cards. KCRC has also arranged for 20 “ambassadors” to distribute leaflets on the subject at Light Rail stops.

Other themes of the Good Passenger Campaign include passengers aged 12 or over buying adult tickets, no eating or drinking on KCRC premises and no trespassing on railway tracks. For a month, starting 11 July, KCRC will publicise these messages through radio commercials and radio games. The KCRC Bylaws Enforcement Teams will also step up their operations to enforce the rules.

KCRC understands that passenger education should start at a young age. The Corporation today therefore invited 80 students from eight schools and 20 new young arrivals to form 10 teams to participate in an orienteering programme on the KCRC Bylaws, with an aim to enhancing their knowledge of the Bylaws.

The officiating guests at today’s opening ceremony were General Manager – East Rail Operations Mr Anthony Yan, West Rail Traffic Operations Manager Mr Fred Lam, Chairman of the Tuen Mun District Civil Education Committee Mr Chow Kam-cheung, and Chairman of the Yuen Long District Civil Education Committee Mr Tang Chun-keung.
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Old July 11th, 2005, 04:42 PM   #903
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11 July 2005
Corporate Press Release
New Promotion Offers Replace “Ride 10 Get 1 Free”
Passengers to Enjoy Dining Discounts, $2 Travel and Free Ride Souvenir Tickets!

Starting 17 July 2005, MTR passengers using Octopus cards will enjoy a whole new series of promotion offers after the current “Ride 10 Get One Free” promotion expires.

“The Ride 10 Get One Free promotion was introduced at a difficult time for Hong Kong when it suffered an economic decline made worse by SARS. We are pleased to see that the economy has now recovered and in fact, has been growing strongly over the last 18 months. Nevertheless, we continue to look for new promotions to share with our passengers to thank them for their support,” said Mr Adi Lau,

General Manager – Marketing and Station Business of MTR Corporation. “We hope this new series of offers including dining discounts, $2 travel for children and the elderly on Sundays and public holidays as well as exclusive souvenir tickets and train sets will bring more fun to MTR journeys, especially during the summer holidays,” added Mr Lau.

More information : http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/...R-05-054-E.pdf
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Old July 13th, 2005, 04:08 PM   #904
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長闊高逾190厘米須託運
東鐵馬鐵收緊行李限制

13/07/2005







九廣鐵路公司為防止乘客攜帶大件行李引發意外,決定由八月一日起再收緊東鐵及馬鞍山鐵路的行李託運規章,乘客攜帶行李長闊高總和上限一百九十厘米(約一個大型行李篋加一個手提袋),超出不能當作隨身行李上車,必須交予九鐵託運,託運費由三十五元至一百零八元不等,&#2603
2;措施較現時行李長闊高總和超過二百二十厘米才須託運的規定嚴格。


九廣東鐵客運總經理甄紹璋表示,東鐵範圍內去年全年共發生過三十二宗與乘客攜大件行李有關的意外,大多是乘客攜大件行李使用扶手電梯引致,今年上半年同類意外共有二十六宗,情況有增加的趨勢。他說,九鐵現有行李規章已對乘客可隨身行李尺碼有規限,新規定主要影響一&#2012
3;過往可買行李票上車的行李,對於一般乘客不會有影響。

行李過大塞通道生意外

甄紹璋指出,所謂一百九十厘米長闊高行李尺碼總和,約等於一個大行李篋加上一個標準手提行李袋大小,超過這水平乘客才須將行李交付託運。他又指九鐵在收緊行李規章內的託運尺碼標準前曾進行過調查,確定一般乘客所攜行李長闊高總和都不逾一百九十厘米,並且已考慮了列&#3655
4;一旦發生事故須疏散時,行李大小對疏散速度影響。

甄說,去年東鐵平均每月售出約一萬五千張行李票,今年上半年則跌至每月約一萬張,而須託運行李數目亦由去年平均每月八百件減至今年平均每月七百件。

甄紹璋強調新措施並不是逼更多乘客託運行李。他說,乘客攜帶太大件行李乘車,不但有機會撞倒或絆倒其他乘客,上車後亦會阻塞車內通道,對其他乘客構成不便。他說,九鐵亦修改了行李託運收費制度,由過往不論車程長短劃一按重量收費外,額外增加收費較低的是往來上水至&#3264
5;湖的託運收費。

除東鐵及馬鐵外,西鐵、輕鐵及地鐵都沒有提供行李補票及託運服務,乘客攜帶過大行李會被拒乘車。九鐵解釋,只在東鐵及馬鐵提供行李補票及託運服務,是因為東鐵屬過境鐵路,而馬鐵則是東鐵的支線。

西鐵及輕鐵規定行李長闊高總和不得超過一百七十厘米,而乘地鐵的行李尺碼則不能超過80厘米x60厘米x30厘米。
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乘客贊成新措施
13/07/2005




一個大行李篋加上一個標準手提行李袋,亦不會超過新強制託運限制。

九鐵下月收緊乘客自攜行李限制,大部分乘客均表示贊成。每天乘坐九鐵往返上水的葉女士指出,攜帶大型行李上車的主要是水貨客,他們的貨物霸佔月台及車廂大量的空間,她贊成九鐵的新措施:「水貨客成日夾硬推貨上車,令車廂逼上加逼,手推車車轆仲好易整親人!」

另一位乘客楊小姐稱,水貨客為貪方便,不願乘坐電梯往月台,往往推大件貨物使用扶手電梯,致令險象環生:「搭電梯時我最驚有水貨客企我後面,萬一貨跌落,肯定令好多人受傷!」

水貨客指太苛刻

職業水貨客對此則大表反對,認為九鐵太苛刻。每天均帶貨往返羅湖的吳小姐說:「我出賣勞力帶貨其實好辛苦,九鐵咁做,老闆可能會將運輸成本轉嫁畀我,大大影響我收入。」另一位水貨客黃小姐則愁眉苦臉地說:「我只係想搵兩餐,唔想靠政府養,但九鐵咁做,&#2219
6;重打擊我呢個行業,運輸成本大老闆肯定扣我人工啦!」
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Old July 13th, 2005, 04:13 PM   #906
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South China Morning Post
July 8, 2005
Fix problem with platform doors, transport bureau warns MTR
Felix Chan

Transport chiefs have told the MTR Corporation to take speedy action to ensure passengers don't miss their stops, following two incidents in eight days in which platform screen doors failed to open.

On Wednesday, about 50 passengers on the Tseung Kwan O Line had their journeys delayed when the doors failed to open at Hang Hau. The train pulled out of the station and continued to Po Lam.

A week earlier, a similar incident happened at Admiralty, inconveniencing 200 passengers on a Sheung Wan-bound Island Line train.

The MTR said investigations showed both train drivers had failed to realise the screen doors had malfunctioned.

The Environment, Transport and Works Bureau said yesterday it had asked the MTR to submit a detailed report on the incidents as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the bureau also said the train operator had been asked to suggest measures to prevent a repeat of the incidents.

MTR chief executive Chow Chung-kwong said he and the rest of MTR management were very concerned about what had happened.

He said the train operator would continue reviewing its operating procedures and ask its staff to be more vigilant to avoid similar cases.

Mr Chow admitted it would be difficult to eliminate human error, but insisted such occurrences were very rare on the MTR. He said the company has improved drivers' training, and they are now required to undergo training twice a year.

Legislator Lau Kong-wah, chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel, said the incidents raised questions about the MTR's procedures for checking new equipment.

"Does this call into question whether the check procedures are stringent enough, or are there problems with maintenance after the installation of new facilities?

"I hope the MTR can look at these issues seriously," he said.

Last month, the government suggested measures, including employing co-drivers, to ensure drivers stop at stations. The suggestions were made after a KCR East driver failed to stop his train manually at Tai Wo when the train's automatic brakes failed three months ago.
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Developers all aboard for Western revival
Industry players are set to breathe new life into the old residential district following the government's approval of a rail link
Sandy Li
13 July 2005
South China Morning Post

The approval of the MTR West Island line last week has set off a potential race among developers to build up their land banks in the district dominated by old residential properties.

The long-awaited, $7 billion, 3km route will have three stations - University, Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town.

The project has renewed homeowners' hopes of enjoying capital appreciation. Home prices in the area, on average $4,600 per sqft, are 20 per cent to 30 per cent lower than Island East.

Although the proposed line will not start operation until 2012, major developers are gearing up to capitalise on growing demand for housing in Western District once the area's accessibility is improved.

They are urging the government to release some of the waterfront sites for sale, such as the abandoned incinerator plant and abattoir in Kennedy Town, and to relocate the Western Wholesale Food Market in Sai Ying Pun to make way for large-scale residential and commercial projects.

Ricky Wong Kwong-yiu, a sales and marketing director at Wheelock Properties, said that it would not be easy for developers to assemble a site of more than 100,000 sqft for large-scale residential-commercial development similar to that found in Taikoo Shing because Western District was an old area.

"For example, Tseung Kwan O is a new district with more flexibility in town planning. It will be hard to attract homebuyers from Kowloon to Western District unless the area has large, modern housing estates," Mr Wong said.

The new line will cut the travelling time of the 200,000 residents in Western District between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town by at least half to seven minutes from 15 to 25 minutes now.

Mr Wong said that apart from calling for more government sites to be released for sale, Wheelock was monitoring the availability of private sites.

"We are discussing [options] with various owners now," he said.

The positive news about the MTR project has prompted the group to raise asking prices by up to 10 per cent for its retail project Great Western Plaza on Belcher's Street and for another residential project at 60 Victoria Road.

Shops at Great Western Plaza are on sale now, while the housing project at 60 Victoria Road will go on sale in September.

"The new pricing strategy will reflect the benefits the West Island line will bring to the district," Mr Wong said.

Wheelock Properties is one of 11 bidders to compete for the Urban Renewal Authority's residential redevelopment incorporating up to 1,000 flats in Sai Ying Pun. The tender closed last Friday.

Dennis Law Sau-yiu, managing director of private developer Yu Tai Hing, which often acquires old buildings for redevelopment, said the West Island line would speed up the redevelopment of the district.

"Nearly half of residential buildings [in Western District] are more than 20 years old and some are even potentially dangerous buildings which were built before the war."

But he emphasised that the company would not pay aggressive prices to acquire old properties because the new line would take five or six years to complete.

"Developers will not maximise their profit if the projects are released years ahead of the opening of the West Island line," Mr Law said.

Chartersince Realty International associate director Desmond Poon Chi-ming said Kowloon Development and Hongkong Land Holdings bought old properties in the district years ago, hoping to benefit from the approval of the line.

"Over the past 10 years, investors believed opening a shopping mall would never be successful in Western District," he said.

So prices for street-level shops in the district lagged other areas. For instance, a 453 sqft shop in Sai Ying Pun would sell for only $2.4 million or $5,300 per sqft, he said.
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KCR baggage fees to rise after spate of accidents
Dennis Ng
13 July 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Travelers on the East Rail and Ma On Shan lines will pay more for bulky luggage from next month in a move to stem a rising number of passenger accidents on railway station escalators.

Passengers currently pay a surcharge of between HK$41 and HK$108 if the combined width, height and length of their bags exceeds 220 centimeters. The threshold will be lowered to 190cm from August 1.

The consignment fee will also be adjusted to between HK$35 and HK$108 to meet the expected increase in chargeable bulky luggage next month. The existing charges of HK$40 during morning peak hours and HK$20 during weekdays and public holidays for luggage with dimensions exceeding 170cm are unchanged.

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation general manager for East Rail operations Anthony Yan said passengers carrying too much luggage are likely to block passageways and inconvenience other passengers, while bulky luggage can cause accidents.

Last year, the KCRC recorded 32 passenger accidents involving bulky luggage on escalators . There were 26 such accidents in the first half this year.
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MTR criticised for silence over screen doors' failure
Elaine Wu
15 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Lawmakers have criticised MTR Corporation for "unreasonably" refusing to disclose to the public results from studies into two incidents of screen doors failing to open, which prevented hundreds of passengers from getting off at Admiralty and Hang Hau stations.

The rail operator submitted two reports to the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau in the past week but declined to give a summary of the findings to the media.

MTR spokeswoman Helen Cheung said the company told the public on June 29, the day one of the incidents happened, that it was caused by human error. She said no further explanation was needed. "We have already issued the basic information of what happened on the day of the incident," she said. "It was very quick and with high transparency."

A bureau spokeswoman said the government was not in a position to disclose the MTR reports.

Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said the public should be told of the findings of the investigation so there could be a discussion.

"I think this gives the feeling that the government is spoiling MTR and KCRC by letting them continue to have these operation failures without any reasonable explanation," he said. "They might have some reasonable explanation, but if they don't disclose it then no one knows."

Lau Kong-wah, chairman of the Legislative Council's transport panel, said he would consider including the issue at the panel's meeting next Friday so that MTR executives could explain what happened.

On June 29, screen doors failed to open on the Island Line at Admiralty, forcing 200 passengers to get off in Central instead and then take another train back to Admiralty. A similar incident happened on July 6 at Hang Hau.

These passengers can call MTR's customer service hotline at 2881 8888 to find out if they are eligible for compensation.
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Hong Kong's Kowloon-Canton Railway seeks offers for Tuen Mun project
14 July 2005
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp said it will ask developers to submit expressions of interest for its Tuen Mun property development project from tomorrow.

It has set the deadline for the submissions on August 5.

In a statement, KCRC said the project will occupy an area of 2.67 hectares. It will yield a gross floor area of 145,300 square meters, of which 120,300 square meters will be for residential use, and the remaining 25,000 for retail.

The project, which is due for completion in 2012, will be developed in two phases.

KCRC expects to award the project within the fourth quarter of this year.
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Rail operators get Moody's credit boost
15 July 2005
South China Morning Post

MTR Corp and Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp will for the first time have higher credit ratings than the Hong Kong government after an upgrade by Moody's Investors Service yesterday.

The upgrade of their respective long-term foreign currency ratings to Aa3 from A1 was due to a change in methodology used to rate government-related issuers that was first announced in April. The new system formally incorporates the expected level of support from the government to prevent a default, which in the case of Hong Kong's two railway operators is considered high.

At present, Moody's rates Hong Kong's domestic currency debt Aa3, but its foreign currency debt is rated A1 with a stable outlook as it is seen as limited by the relationship with China. That link should not affect the credit worthiness of government-related issuers, a Moody's analyst said.

The domestic currency ratings of MTR and KCRC were affirmed at Aa3.

Under the new system, the ratings agency will also assess each issuer on the basis of its baseline credit risk, the default risk of the supporting government and the dependence between the government and the issuer.

The rating agency said 21 Asian quasi-sovereigns had been upgraded due to the system change while 39 had been affirmed at existing levels.
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KCRC under attack over pay rates for cleaners
Felix Chan
16 July 2005
South China Morning Post

The KCRC has been urged to help improve the welfare of contracted cleaners on the West Rail network.

The plea came after reports that 120 workers had been earning only $3,600 a month since September, nearly 30 per cent below the government's minimum level.

About a dozen members of the Confederation of Trade Unions and cleaning service workers protested at West Rail's Kam Tin headquarters yesterday.

CTU organising secretary Fung Kai-yuen accused the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation of failing to follow government guidelines on the tender for new service contracts. The guidelines say that a tender offer cannot be considered if the monthly wage offered to unskilled workers is less than the average monthly wage as stated in the latest quarterly report of the Census and Statistics Department on wages and payrolls.

According to the department's March 2004 report, three months before the tender for the West Rail cleaning contract was signed, the average monthly wage for a cleaner who worked nine hours a day and 26 days a month was $5,060.

The guideline also requires a monitoring mechanism to regularly check wages and attendance records, and interview workers.

Mr Fung said: "When we first received the complaints from the workers, we went to the KCRC and they insisted they had done everything by the book and that the guidelines only meant the average pay for the workers in the contract as a whole and not the guaranteed pay for each worker."

He said the union subsequently held talks with Commissioner for Labour Mathew Cheung Kin-chung and the Financial Services and Treasury Bureau, which expressed concern at the KCRC's interpretation of the guidelines.

Mr Fung demanded the rail operator hand over information regarding the wage clause of the cleaning contract and to make the contractor pay the minimum guaranteed wage. The KCRC said the contract was signed before the government guidelines were issued.
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July 19, 2005
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Experts hail MTR planning enhancement

The Transport Advisory Committee has welcomed the Government's advancement in planning for the MTR West Island and South Island Lines, and Route 4.

Committee Chairman Teresa Cheng said the move will benefit commuters.

"The community in Western District have been asking for the extension of the Island Line to Kennedy Town. The West Island Line will provide a more convenient alternative to commuters who are now relying mainly on road-based transport. It will reduce traffic on the road and generate significant transport and economic benefits."

Members noted the southern line will be kept under review and its way forward considered in light of the planning of tourism and commercial developments in Southern District.

Route 4 will be kept under review and its way forward considered in the light of the Government's decision on the southern line.
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Old July 21st, 2005, 05:29 AM   #914
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The West Rail line yesterday suffered two power failure yesterday night. One at 9 something and one at 11.

EDIT : Another one this morning.

3 breakdowns in less then 24 hours.
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 12:15 AM   #915
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七萬客受延誤 稱與雷擊有關
西鐵八小時三故障

22/07/2005



西鐵昨日在八個小時內先後發生三次信號故障,在清晨五時許發生的故障,要到十時十五分才完成搶修,故障發生期間西鐵全線列車服務延誤三十至四十分鐘,近七萬名乘客受影響,其中三人不適送院治理,西鐵不排除短時間內的多次故障是與雷擊有關;環境運輸及工務局表示,已要求西鐵提交報告解釋。

西鐵在昨日清晨五時三十四分發出通告,指西鐵大欖隧道發生信號系統故障,並表示由南昌至屯門全線的來回行車時間會延長十五分鐘,班次只能維持每五分鐘一班,西鐵亦派人搶修,但至早上七時半繁忙時間,搶修工作仍未完成,西鐵再發出通知,指行車時間比原本估計的還要多五分鐘,即共延長二十分鐘,列車班次亦更為疏落,每六至八分鐘才有一班。

至接近九時,西鐵再次更改行車延誤時間的評估,全程要用多三十至四十分鐘,即是要一個多小時才可以由屯門去到南昌,較最初公布的時間多一倍,而班次就改為十分鐘一班,西鐵表示,經搶修後,全線服務於上午十時十五分恢復正常。

天水圍站月台擠滿乘客

運輸署署理總運輸主任王伯健表示,該署上午密切監察西鐵服務,並已即時通知其他公共交通服務機構協助疏導乘客,但他指出,由於巴士公司並無發現乘客增加,故此,早上沒有加多班次。

由於事故發生時正是上班繁忙時間,天水圍站月台擠滿了人,有乘客批評西鐵沒有將列車的真正延誤時間公布,令他們失去預算,至於往屯門及南昌站列車服務亦受阻延,部分列車行車時間增加約二十分鐘,南昌至屯門的服務,約每六至八分鐘一班,屯門站內乘客未算太多。有乘客指出,信號故障令他們非常不便,未能準確預計上班時間,更有乘客投訴行車時間延長近四十分鐘。
信號系統電腦組件受損

前晚西鐵亦兩度發生故障,晚上八時五十分,錦上路站近大欖隧道有信號故障,個多小時後,大欖隧道又有架空電纜故障,全程行車時間延長二十至三十分鐘。

西鐵初步調查顯示,事故是由於大欖隧道北段信號系統的部分電腦組件受損,九鐵相信損壞與前晚惡劣天氣及頻密的雷擊有關,九鐵已更換有關組件。西鐵為今次故障為乘客帶來不便致歉,但強調列車系統仍然可靠。

立法會交通事務委員會委員鄭家富指出,西鐵信號系統經常發生故障,有需要徹查,研究是否需要維修或更換系統。他又認為,當局對兩家鐵路公司應訂立一套新的監察制度,包括訂出故障指數,在一段時間內故障次數超出指定水平要被罰。
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 04:31 AM   #916
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Lightning may have caused delays on West Rail
Cheung Chi-fai and Petrina Chan
22 July 2005
South China Morning Post

West Rail yesterday apologised to 70,000 commuters after signal and cable failures, probably triggered by lightning, caused service interruptions over eight hours.

Angry passengers complained that the KCRC misled them over the estimated delays, with some having to spend an extra 60 minutes travelling from Yuen Long to Nam Cheong during the morning rush hour. The journey normally takes 30 minutes.

They also grumbled at being jammed into crowded train compartments. At least three commuters called for medical help.

Other anxious passengers chose to get out and continue their journey by taxi.

Yesterday's signal failure, possibly due to damaged equipment, came after a signal failure at 8.50pm on Wednesday and an overhead cable failure after a lightning strike at 10.27pm.

The disruption lasted about five hours, from 5.34am, when the signal problem was discovered, until 10.15am.

The KCRC posted notices and made broadcasts at stations about the delay. It estimated the delay would last 15 minutes, but later adjusted the estimate to 20 minutes. It finally admitted the delay could be as long as 40 minutes.

"They should tell the truth about the delay. It's so different from what they said. They said 10 minutes. But it's at least 30 minutes now. I could have taken other public transport, so that I didn't need to be stuck here," one angry passenger said.

Despite the service interruption, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp did not provide shuttle bus services for passengers.

The Transport Department said it had received a report from the KCRC at 5.38am and had immediately informed bus operators. But the operators found no unusual queues at bus terminals and decided not to provide extra services.

A spokeswoman for the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau yesterday said they were awaiting a report on the incident.

"We have asked the KCRC to submit a detailed report together with measures to prevent reoccurrences of similar incidents and [ensure] better information dissemination to passengers," the spokeswoman said. Democrat legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said a fault index should be set up to measure the performance of the rail operators and penalties should be introduced if the index went above a certain level.
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21 July 2005
Corporate Press Release
KCRC apologises for West Rail service delay

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) reported that a signalling system failure at the northern section of the West Rail Tai Tam Tunnel section had affected West Rail services of that section this morning. Following urgent repairs, normal southbound and northbound services resumed at 9:41am and 10:15am respectively. KCRC apologises to the passengers affected for the inconvenience caused by this incident.

During the affected period, train frequency was maintained at 5 to 10 minute intervals and journey times were extended by 15 to 40 minutes. KCRC continually informed passengers and the public of the latest information through the media and public announcements in stations and inside train compartments. Notices were put up at stations and additional staff were also deployed at West Rail stations to provide assistance to passengers.

The initial investigation determined that the incident was caused by damage to some computer components of the signalling system north of Tai Tam Tunnel. KCRC believes that the damage was related to the extreme weather conditions and frequent lightning strikes that occurred last night. KCRC has replaced the damaged components.

Mr Tsui Wai-keung, General Manager-West Rail Operations, apologised for the inconvenience caused to passengers by this incident, and stressed that this incident had not affected the safety of West Rail operations. KCRC will conduct detailed investigations and implement appropriate measures to enhance the reliability of the relevant components.
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16 July 2005
MTR Disneyland Resort Line gets ready with emergency exercises
Corporate Press Release

The MTR Corporation carried out an emergency exercise on the Disneyland Resort Line today (16 July 2005) jointly with the Fire Services Department (FSD) and the Hong Kong Police to test the adequacy and effectiveness of contingency plans for a major incident involving the evacuation of passengers from train and station.

This is one of several major joint emergency exercises in preparation for the opening of the MTR Disneyland Resort Line. The drills and exercises are designed to test responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among MTR staff and emergency services under different emergency scenarios.

The joint exercise was conducted at Disneyland Resort Station at Penny’s Bay this afternoon with about 1,000 volunteers; mostly MTR staff and family members including about 300 children.

The scenario simulated a fire in a train on the way to the Disneyland Resort Station and an emergency evacuation of passengers from train and platform. The train had about 700 passengers on board and was about to arrive at Disneyland Resort Station when a ‘fire’ suddenly broke out and smoke filled the car. Passengers pressed the emergency call button, and the incident train berthed at the station platform where 300 passengers were waiting for a train to go home.

Passengers were immediately evacuated from the station by MTR staff while Fire Engines and Police arrived. ‘Injured passengers’ were taken care of by the ambulance service and police. About 1,000 passengers evacuated from the station gathered at the open space outside the entrance of the Disneyland Theme Park.

Mr. Wilfred Lau, Head of Operations of MTR Corporation said, “The exercise provided an opportunity for emergency services personnel and MTR operations staff to familiarize themselves with emergency procedures and equipment, as well as enhancing coordination and communication between agencies.”

To prepare for the commissioning of the Disneyland Resort Line, a total of 52 exercises simulating various scenarios of different scales have been carried out in the past few months.

“These exercises play an important role in drawing up contingency plans for potential incidents and ensuring full preparedness before the commissioning of the new line,” added Mr. Lau.
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