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Old July 26th, 2005, 12:09 AM   #921
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Old July 26th, 2005, 06:57 PM   #922
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Disneyland Resort rail link to open August 1
Winnie Chong
26 July 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Disneyland Resort Line, the rail link running between the new Tung Chung Line Sunny Bay Station and the Disneyland Resort Station, will be open to the public August 1.

MTRC's head of operations, Wilfred Lau, said the opening is part of the final preparation work for Hong Kong Disneyland, which will open September 12.

Lau said there will be contingency measures in place to control the crowd at Disneyland Resort Station, while a small section of the Park Promenade between the station exit and the park entrance will be open for public access to facilitate smooth pedestrian flow.

``Advisory public announcements will be broadcast at MTR stations when we see crowds starting to build. And there will be intermittent closure of ticket gates to slow down passenger flow,'' Lau said.

He said the MTRC will work with the police and Disneyland to monitor the crowd situation.

Lau urged the public not to be in a hurry to try out the new service on August 1 and during the initial period of the MTR's operations.

The Disneyland Resort Station was opened to the media Monday. The station is decorated in Victorian style.

Miranda Leung, MTRC's general manager-corporate relations, said that the aim is to take visitors on a journey back in time, traveling from the modern-day Sunny Bay Station to the 19th century-styled Disneyland Resort Station.

Inside the Disneyland Resort Station, people can find Mickey Mouse everywhere as nearly 200 Mickey head logos in five styles are printed on lifts or engraved on lamp poles inside the station.

The resort line trains will be fully automatic. Lau said there may be ``teething problems'' during the early days of operation, but they will try to deal with problems immediately. The route length of Disneyland Resort Line is 3.5 kilometers and it takes only 3 minutes to finish the journey. The fare from Sunny Bay to Disneyland Resort Station is HK$6.

The service hours of the new line will be from 6am to 1am, as with the current MTR system.

Trains will run every four minutes during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 08:39 PM   #923
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Old July 27th, 2005, 03:43 PM   #924
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Crowd-control measures in place for trains to Disneyland
Dennis Eng
26 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Trains on the Tung Chung Line will suspend service to Sunny Bay Station if Disneyland reaches full capacity or dangerous overcrowding occurs at the theme park's rail platform, the MTR Corp said.

Sunny Bay Station can safely accommodate about 4,500 passengers at any one time while the Disneyland Resort platform can handle about 1,600 people.

Crowd-control measures, including public announcements, will be in effect once the number of people reaches 800 at the theme park station, said Albert Ng Ka-wah, deputy railway district commander of the police force. Some train ticket gates may also be temporarily closed if the crowd is estimated to reach 1,600 people.

"These are the crowd capacity numbers we have determined to be safe, although the measures will largely be at the discretion of the theme park operator," Mr Ng said.

The MTRC's Disneyland Resort Line will operate from August 1, six weeks before the theme park officially opens to the public. The driverless train service is fully automatic, capable of shuttling as many as 10,800 passengers between the Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort Stations per hour in each direction.

The rail company's head of operations, Wilfred Lau Cheuk-man, said "some teething problems may occur during the early days of operation". Such problems could involve the 1.1-metre-high platform gates at the two open-air stations. The "half-height" gates were introduced to avoid upsetting Disney, which did not want the Mickey Mouse-shaped train windows to be obscured by a full-height platform door.

"We have been testing the system for a long time so I only expect very minor problems to arise," Mr Lau said, adding that a close liaison group involving the MTR Corp, police and the theme park will be in force to handle overcrowding.

The MTR Corp said that it aims to capture 40 per cent of all visitors travelling to the theme park.

Park staff will mainly use the train service in its first two weeks of operation. From August 16 onwards, the public is expected to use the rail link more as they will gain free access to Inspiration Lake and Park Promenade. The Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre can handle about 5,000 people while the Park Promenade can host about 27,000.

The Disneyland resort line will run from 6am to 1am every day.
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Old July 27th, 2005, 05:57 PM   #925
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That Mickey Mouse MTR will start its service in a few days?
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That Mickey Mouse MTR will start its service in a few days?
August 1st is next week I think. Not sure of the day.
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Old July 28th, 2005, 07:01 PM   #927
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1.8pc KCRC rise puts pay back to 2002 level
Elaine Wu
27 July 2005
South China Morning Post

The KCRC will give staff rises of up to 1.8 per cent, restoring their pay to 2002 levels but still not enough to satisfy trade unions, which had sought double that amount.

Staff will also receive one-off bonuses of up to 20 per cent of their basic monthly salary for "very good" appraisals and up to 30 per cent for "outstanding" appraisals.

Non-management staff will see their pay rise an average 1.8 per cent, and management 1.4 per cent, a Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation spokesman said. The KCRC gave a 0.2 per cent pay rise last year, nothing in 2003 and cut pay by 2 per cent in 2002.

The increase is comparable to those announced by other public transport operators.

The MTR Corp has said it will raise wages between 0.8 per cent and 2.4 per cent and the three bus operators recently announced average pay rises of 2 per cent.

"It's hard to say whether it's reasonable; it depends on the market," said Lam Kwan-yui, chairman of a KCRC labour union. "I would definitely say we are not satisfied. But looking at the company's books, as employees we need to take up some of the burden too."

Mr Kwan said his union had requested a 4 per cent raise for frontline workers.

The KCRC based its decision on the results of a survey on salary rises in about a dozen large corporations in Hong Kong, according to the spokesman. The board decided on the increases yesterday.
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MTR on track for paperless future as engineers move to tablet PCs
The automated set-up lets inspectors update data anywhere along railway routes and has helped speed the process of structural examinations
Bien Perez
26 July 2005
South China Morning Post

In a bid to strengthen its asset-management operations, MTR Corp has quietly moved to automate structural inspection with the use of tablet personal computers.

First deployed in 2003, the Microsoft-based Fujitsu tablet PCs have eliminated the tedious business of carrying blueprints, maps and other paper data by the rail operator's seven-man inspection team.

Engineer Dorian Leung Wai-man, MTR maintenance support manager, said the inspections were carried out annually, covering the railway network's 87.7km route.

"Our inspectors do their job during the non-traffic hours, between 1 o'clock and 5 o'clock in the morning," she said, noting that the tablet PCs had helped to speed up the inspection process during those hours.

The MTR, established in 1979, runs a 19-hour daily passenger service that handles about 2.4 million passengers a day. The service timetable is planned according to passenger demand, taking into account the morning and evening peaks on normal working days.

Harry Leung Hon-wa, systems analyst at the MTR, said the inspection programmes used on the tablet PCs were developed by in-house developers using standards-based software. Data gathered by inspectors is downloaded and studied at the MTR operations headquarters in Kowloon Bay.

The automated set-up allows inspectors to update data anywhere along the railway route, which includes more than 129km of tunnels.

There are no immediate plans to expand or upgrade the maintenance support team's tablet PC infrastructure, based on current job demand. But an increase in budget could drive enhancements, such as digital camera add-on and network connection for the tablet PCs.

Daniel Lai, MTR head of information technology, said the firm's IT budget was comparable with those of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp and other transport firms of a similar size. By comparison, major financial institutions "spend much more" on their annual IT programmes, he said.

Still, the MTR has been anything but conservative in pushing select IT initiatives to improve its operations. Last month, IBM China/Hong Kong completed an Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) consultancy study for the MTR. The study marked a significant milestone for Hong Kong's metro rail system in terms of bolstering safety, operational efficiency, asset use and performing its wide range of maintenance jobs.

IBM's business consulting services unit was first engaged by the MTR in March last year to undertake a strategic asset management review.

That was followed by an EAM Requirements Definition Study in August last year and the development of an EAM Solution Roadmap in March this year.
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Old July 29th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #930
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Time to get back on track with rail merger plan
29 July 2005
South China Morning Post

People generally put up with the disadvantages of living and working in Hong Kong without too much complaint. Small flats, pollution and overcrowding come to mind as examples.

But that perhaps explains why residents' good humour is tested when one of the big advantages of living in our city - an efficient and cheap public transport service - fails to live up to expectations. When something goes wrong with it people want to know about it, and why. Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun has been forcibly reminded of that in recent days.

A signal failure on the KCRC's West Rail line that caused delays last week was not so exceptional. More notable was the public concern when it emerged that the KCRC had not reported an unrelated incident shortly before the signal failure - a minor collision between two trains at the Pat Heung train depot in Yuen Long.

This led to speculation that it had something to do with the signal failure. Mr Tien felt obliged to refute this and concede that management could have handled the matter better if it had reported the accident immediately in order to avoid misunderstanding.

It does seem odd that the relevant government agency was not told of the crash. Incidents like this, not to mention signalling failures, do nothing to take the heat off the KCRC, already embarrassed by overestimates in projections of the number of passengers who would use the new West Rail and Ma On Shan lines and East Tsim Sha Tsui station. The latest public criticism should be a wake-up call, given the huge amount of money invested in giving the KCRC a modern train system.

All this serves to remind us that nothing has been heard for some time of a proposed merger between the KCRC and the MTR Corporation that would streamline our rail system and bring efficiencies.

The government has been sitting on a report on a merger from the two companies for 10 months. Meanwhile, the improvement in the economy has reduced the pressure to address budget issues in transport policy, especially the MTR Corp's heavy reliance on property development.

There are complex issues to be resolved in any merger. But the reasons for creating a single rail operator remain sound. A merger could provide a more efficient railway system. The benefits would include more co-ordinated development, a unified fare structure, savings through cutting duplicated costs and raising funds for the government.

The rules laid down by the government should ensure any agreement would be popular. They include reducing fares and saving jobs.

What is needed now is leadership and direction. This is a chance for new Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen to put his stamp on his administration's style - without making the train-travelling public wait too long.
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Operations chief in dark over crash
Second top KCRC official says he learned of the collision from the media - days after it occurred

Benjamin Wong and Petrina Chan
29 July 2005
South China Morning Post

A second top official of the KCRC admitted yesterday he had not learned of last week's collision between two trains until several days after it happened.

Acting chief executive Samuel Lai Man-hay, who is responsible for operational matters, said he had known nothing of the accident in the West Rail service's Pat Heung depot last Thursday until journalists questioned him about it on Tuesday night.

He was speaking a day after corporation chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun said the first he had known was when he read about the incident in Wednesday morning's newspapers.

"The night before [the reports appeared] the media asked me and that was when I knew about it," Mr Lai said.

But he said that under the rail operator's protocols, such incidents could be handled by front-line duty officers who would inform him about anything that could affect safety or services.

Mr Lai said the damage to the trains was confined to glass-fibre structures that acted as buffers in minor collisions and contained no important mechanical parts.

Informing the public about the collision was not high on the agenda at the time because staff were focused on resuming services disrupted by signal problems.

Lawmakers from the Legislative Council's railways subcommittee visited the Pat Heung depot yesterday to inspect the damage.

Committee chairman Miriam Lau Kin-yee said afterwards that the accident had raised concerns about railway staff.

"The involved driver has been working for KCRC for 31/2 years. Perhaps the KCRC needs more retraining programmes, and I believe they will deal with this possibility during their detailed investigation," she said.

"If a worker does the same job for seven or eight hours, will this affect his psychological well-being? Maybe the KCRC should look more into this to see what they can do to help workers avoid similar incidences under such working conditions."

But Mr Lai insisted that the existing eight-hour shift arrangement had proved effective for a long time and drivers had adequate rests.

The railway would, however, look at ways to help drivers keep their focus and improve the alarm systems on trains.

The visiting lawmakers also said they were unhappy that neither the government nor Legco were informed immediately about the accident.

"We only found out from the media after the incident. We should be notified about such important matters like this, so as to make sure West Rail's normal operations are not affected," Ms Lau said. "We're also concerned about similar incidences happening in future, and whether there are ways to prevent them from happening."

West Rail suffered another failure yesterday when a signal problem occurred at about 5.50am and affected two trains on a section between Long Ping and Tin Shui Wai.

Mr Lai said the delay was caused when two electronic cards in the Long Ping and Tin Shui Wai signalling system malfunctioned. Trains from Nam Cheong to Tuen Mun required an extra 10 to 15 minutes, but the frequency of trains remained at the usual six to eight minutes. Service was back to normal by 6.30am. The operator said that few people were affected because the delay occurred before the rush hour had begun.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 07:38 PM   #932
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60 walk on tracks as MTR train is stranded
Felix Chan and Petrina Chan
30 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Sixty passengers of a Chai Wan-bound train were forced to walk on the tracks after a power-supply problem stranded their train 40 metres from the station yesterday afternoon.

About 2,500 other commuters suffered delays as a detached power cable at the eastern end of the MTR Island Line led to a two-hour interruption of service between Chai Wan and Heng Fa Chuen.

The power interruption happened at 3.40pm after a support arm holding up a section of the overhead line near Chai Wan station detached. Power to trains operating between the two stations was cut. Shuttle buses ferried affected passengers.

During the interruption, service between Heng Fa Chuen and Sheung Wan was maintained at six-minute intervals.

By 5.15pm, the interval was down to three minutes between Sheung Wan and Taikoo and four minutes between Taikoo and Heng Fa Chuen.

Normal train service resumed half an hour later, upon the completion of temporary repairs.

Some passengers were unhappy about the delays. "I'll take the bus next time. At least if something like this happens it won't be as serious," one commuter said.

Wilfred Lau, MTR Corporation's head of operations, last night apologised on behalf of the company, "especially to the 60 passengers who had to walk to Chai Wan station".

He added: "I wish to emphasise that passenger safety was never at risk {hellip} the tripping of the circuit breaker is a safety protection measure."

The operator said the support arm in question was last inspected in February and would now be sent for "independent, external examination and analysis by experts".

Last Saturday, a signalling failure at Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station delayed hundreds of commuters as trains between Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui were affected.
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Old July 30th, 2005, 07:42 PM   #933
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Metro plans to raise ad rate 10pc
30 July 2005
South China Morning Post

Swedish Metro, publisher of the free daily targeting MTR commuters, is not worried by increasing competition and plans to raise its advertising rate by 10 per cent next year, chief executive Peter Kuo said.

"We don't reduce our rate as our competitors do," Mr Kuo said. "The increase in the ad rate would be a good promotion tool to affirm our leading position in the market."

Metro was established three years ago with exclusive distribution rights for all Mass Transit Railway stations. It has a daily circulation of 340,000 copies aimed at two million commuters. Mr Kuo said printing capacity limited the number of pages to 64, of which 28 were for advertising.

"We have a headache satisfying client demand," Mr Kuo said. In order to better allocate advertising space, Metro plans to introduce a bidding system for key pages.

Advertising space on the front and back pages, for example, would go to the highest bidder - a system he hoped would better serve clients as well as increase revenue.

But advertising agencies doubted the effectiveness of the bidding system.

"Metro should increase its number of pages. It is difficult for a daily to use such a bidding mechanism to boost advertising revenue," one media agent said.

Metro is exploring expansion opportunities. Mr Kuo said the company was eyeing China, Thailand, Japan and Taiwan.

Frederick Yeung
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Passengers demand better KCR services
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30 July 2005
China Daily - Hong Kong Edition

New Territories Association of Societies (NTAS) yesterday flayed the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCR) for overlooking the needs of the public.

In the wake of the July 21 train collision at Pat Heung Depot, NTAS and the West Rail Operations' general manager held a meeting yesterday, where Legislator Cheung Hok-ming demanded that KCR report every single incident to the government and the public. That would not only help maintain transparency, but also increase commuters' trust in KCR, he said.

About 70,000 passengers were stranded at stations in the morning rush hours on July 21 because of signal failures at Tai Lam Tunnel. The worst sufferers were those on a train that had stopped in the tunnel. Some legislators on Thursday had alleged that the Pat Heung Depot contributed to the KCR service disruption.

But KCR and the government have denied that the train collision had anything to do with the disruption. KCR said lightning struck its Tai Lam Tunnel signal on the night of July 20, and it failed to function properly the next morning despite emergency repairs.

Cheung, who is also a NTAS representative, said yesterday that most of the train delays were caused by signal failures. "On July 20 and 21, there were three train delays within eight hours. Such frequent train delays are unacceptable." He urged KCR to immediately review the existing equipment and facilities, especially the signal system, to avoid any more disruptions because of signal failures and other technical problems.

Yuen Long district councillor Chan Wai-ching and another NTAS representative said they had received several complaints about KCR's West Rail service because of the Tai Lam Tunnel signal's failure.

Chan said: "KCR thrice estimated the duration of delay wrongly on that fateful day. The passengers were stranded at the stations, confused about the transfer arrangement. We have asked KCR to provide sufficient shuttle buses as an alternative mode of transport. Moreover, we have urged KCR to refund the fares to the passengers who spent extra amounts to reach their destinations."

KCR hasn't decided, Chan said, but its response was positive. "The general manager of West Rail promised to follow up on our requests."
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