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Old August 16th, 2005, 05:34 PM   #981
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'Smooth going' for Disney transport
Monday Ng, Hong Kong Standard
August 16, 2005

Commissioner of Transport Alan Wong is confident the public transport arrangements for today's soft opening of Hong Kong Disneyland will be satisfactory despite the prospect of heavy rain and storms.

The Disneyland Resort Public Transport Interchange (PTI), which began operating Monday, will be fully operational every rehearsal day and public holiday before the park's official opening on September 12.

''I am satisfied with the public transport facilities,'' Wong said.

The PTI, with an area of 20 hectares, is the largest interchange in the territory.

West of the interchange is a park that can accommodate 300 coaches.

The car park is located at the east end of the interchange and has spaces for 1,100 cars and 50 motorcycles.

Wong suggested that visitors should use public transport to avoid traffic congestion.

''As there is only one road to the park, public transport will be the most comfortable and speediest way to get there,'' Wong said.

He also encouraged the public to visit Disneyland Station.

''The station itself is a scenic spot,'' he said.

Wong is also confident of the MTR service despite a number of system breakdowns in recent months.

''It is a matter of electronics and mechanical problems after all,'' he said. ''I'm not surprised that such incidents happen. However, the service has been running smoothly this past week.''

Last Sunday, more than 3,800 used the Disney Resort Line.

Six franchized bus routes - R8, R11, R21, R22, R33, R42 - will operate to and from Disneyland.

R8 runs between Disneyland and the Lantau Link Toll Plaza for those connecting to the Airport or Tung Chung lines.

Bus route R8A will run between Disneyland and Inspiration Lake, a scenic spot outside the resort which can accommodate up to 6,000 visitors.

Foldable seats are available for children and the elderly at bus bays.

Designated pick-up and drop-off areas have wider areas to cater to the disabled with wheelchairs.

A large monitor in front of a sheltered bus terminal displays information of bus routes, destinations, bus bay numbers, departure times and bus fares in Chinese and English.
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Old August 24th, 2005, 07:12 AM   #982
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West Island Line might open early
Hopes of a 2010 completion date considered unlikely, but smooth process could see link ready a year ahead of plans

Andy Cheng
24 August 2005
South China Morning Post

The long-awaited MTR West Island Line could be completed in 2011 - a year ahead of schedule - if there are no public objections and government talks on subsidies go smoothly, the rail corporation says.

But an MTR Corporation spokeswoman yesterday described Democratic Party calls for the project's completion in 2010 unrealistic.

The Executive Council approved the extension of the Hong Kong Island Line between Sheung Wan and Kennedy Town last month, a move that would cut travel times between the two areas by at least half.

At a meeting between Democratic Party legislator Yeung Sum, district councillors and MTR Corporation chief executive Chow Chung-kong yesterday, Mr Chow made it clear that it would be difficult to have trains running on the line well before 2012. He said this was because of the need for public consultation, gazetting and negotiations over subsidies for the 3km route, which is expected to have three stations - University, Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town.

The MTR Corp spokeswoman later said consultation with the Central and Western District Council and residents would start next month on station locations, while an environmental impact assessment for the preliminary design would begin in October.

"Hopefully, the preliminary design can be done by June next year, but it depends on the number of residents' objections to the project. From our experience, resolving objections can take more than nine months," she said.

After the preliminary design, the MTR Corp will need to secure government subsidies, which could be as much as half of the project's proposed $6 billion to $7 billion cost.

"The process can take a very long time. We have to discuss with the government the amount of the subsidy and what form it will take, whether it is a cash injection or the right to property development above the MTR stations," the spokeswoman said, adding that construction work, which would take four years, could ideally start in 2007.

Dr Yeung said his party had conducted a poll of residents after the Executive Council's decision on the project. All 1,742 respondents wanted the railway's fare to be less than $4, and 80 per cent wanted it to be completed before 2012.

"Hong Kong Island west is an old district and many of the residents are elderly. The Democratic Party believes a fare of about $4 is appropriate," he said.

Dr Yeung quoted Mr Chow as saying the MTR Corp would consider giving the elderly concession fares, and more fare-saving programmes would be established.

The push for an MTR extension from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town dates back to the 1980s, but the project was hampered by construction of the Airport Express link. There were also fears that Kennedy Town's population was not big enough to support a new line.
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Old August 28th, 2005, 12:13 AM   #983
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$20m plan to resolve West Rail disruptions
KCRC blames unusual stormy weather for series of problems plaguing services

Anita Lam
25 August 2005
South China Morning Post

KCRC will invest up to $20 million to improve its railway system after a report singled out stormy weather as the main cause of a series of service disruptions that have plagued the corporation.

Michael Tien Puk-sun, the corporation's chairman, said yesterday the West Rail line was particularly vulnerable to violent storms that have marked this year's rainy season, because 45 per cent of it was elevated.

"Our experts did not foresee such adverse weather conditions when they built the West Rail," he said. "They considered elements of bad weather, of course, but they applied an international standard."

So far this year, 16 service disruptions have been reported on West Rail, 11 involving signal failures and 80 per cent during the rainy season from June to August.

Mr Tien said that unlike the Ma On Shan line, the West Rail was not shielded from bad weather by high-rise buildings.

This made it vulnerable to lightning strikes, which could burn out the computer cards of the signalling system. "You may ask why a $40 billion construction would burn out so easily{hellip} I want to stress that the damaged parts were only hardware components of the back-up system, while our [major control software] remained stable," Mr Tien said.

But breakdown of the backup system would cut train speeds from an average 120km/h to only 25km/h.

To tackle the problem, KCRC will invest $10 million to $20 million to add more earthing connections, which help transmit high-voltage electricity from lightning strikes to the ground.

The corporation also will spend $10 million a year for more staff and equipment to find out the cause of each incident.

The new measures are expected to take effect by February next year but commuters were told they should encounter fewer troubles in the next six months.

"It will soon be autumn and we expect fewer [lightning] strikes ahead. The important thing is we finish the work before the arrival of the next rainy season," Mr Tien said.

A long recovery period after the recent disruptions to West Rail had created an impression that its performance was worse than East Rail, he said, but in fact East Rail had two more service disruptions than its newer counterpart so far this year.

The KCRC modified its information system yesterday to include the waiting time and the total travelling time for the most crowded stations, instead of total travelling time for the whole route, to help passengers plan journeys.

But Mr Tien ruled out any further concessions on train fares.

"What concerns the public most is whether our services are safe and reliable," he said. "This is where our strength lies. I would rather use my money to make our trains on time than to cut fares."

He said the number of customers for West Rail - which has struggled to meet its targets since opening in December 2003 - had not dropped despite recent problems.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 04:43 PM   #984
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Free dailies vie for million riders
Headline News and am730 pay $2m a year each for KCR distribution rights
Frederick Yeung
27 August 2005
South China Morning Post

The two recently launched free daily newspapers - am730 and Headline News - are racing head-to-head to reach at least a million people commuting between the New Territories and the city.

Sources say the two dailies will each pay the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp $2 million a year to distribute their papers at 10 East Rail stations.

Property boss Shih Wing-ching's am730, launched at the end of last month, will be handed out at Sha Tin, University and Tai Wo stations from Monday. It will be available at all the other stations later in the week.

"We have signed a three-year contract with KCR and it is our commitment to the paper," marketing manager Agnes Chan said.

Sing Tao News Corp's Headline Daily has yet to say when it will start distributing at the stations.

Ms Chan said am730 would not raise its daily print run significantly despite the new distribution channel. Am730 has a circulation of 257,800 copies, the lowest of the three free Hong Kong dailies.

Metro, available at Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, claims a daily circulation of 340,000 while Headline Daily hands out more than 500,000 copies.

News of the KCR distribution channel failed to excite advertisers. "The income level profile of KCR commuters is believed to be less attractive than those on the MTR. KCR may not add value to the two dailies," said K.K. Tsang, chief executive of Mindshare Hong Kong.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 12:32 AM   #985
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AMAZING PICS I WAS IN HK LAST YEAR IT WAS GREAT I THINK HK HAS THE BEST TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN THE WORLD. IT'S RALLY EASY TO GET AROUND AND STUFF THE STATIONS ARE AMAZING MODERN AND SLEEK.
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Old August 31st, 2005, 07:25 PM   #986
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Concerns over airflow choke KCRC project
Bowing to pressure, the corporation has commissioned a study on the impact of its Nam Cheong development on inner-city ventilation
Ng Kang-chung
31 August 2005
South China Morning Post

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) has postponed the tender of its $20 billion residential project at Nam Cheong station in Shamshuipo due to concerns over the effects the development will have on ventilation in the neighbourhood.

The plan was to build 10 blocks of juxtaposing 52-storey buildings on 4.62 hectares of land along the western Kowloon waterfront. The residential and commercial hub would offer 4,247 apartments and about 750,000 sq ft of office and shopping space.

The development was meant to be put up for tender this month, but noisy protests by local residents since late last year over the height and proximity of the blocks to their homes have derailed the KCRC's plan.

Bowing to the residents' pressure, the KCRC has commissioned the Imperial College London to study the impact of the tall buildings on air ventilation in inner Shamshuipo, which is cluttered with ageing, rundown blocks.

The project is now expected to be put up for tender by the end of this year, a source said.

It was scheduled to be completed in phases from 2009. Pre-sales of uncompleted units were expected in 2008.

"We appreciate the residents' concerns and are looking at ways to address them," a spokeswoman for the KCRC said. She added that the corporation was liaising with the government and was working on a new design. Options being considered included lowering the height of the buildings and scaling the project down to fewer blocks.

It is understood that the government might opt for minor amendments as building fewer flats might lead to wastage of the urban site.

Citing the 88-storey Two IFC as an example, Eddie Hui, professor of Polytechnic University's Department of Building and Real Estate, said, "Short is not necessarily beautiful. Sometimes, if we allow the developers to build a block taller, the developer can spare more open space on the ground level.

"If Two IFC had been built as three 30-storey blocks put together, that could have caused so-called wind screen effects," he said.

Poor ventilation among high-rise blocks was highlighted during the Sars crisis in 2003, when it was cited as a possible cause of the spread of germs. A subsequent government report recommended "the practicality of stipulating ventilation assessment as one of the considerations, similar to traffic and infrastructure capacities, for all major development or redevelopment proposals and in future planning".

But Mr Hui said the Town Planning Board cared "about plot ratio, density and traffic, but not the ventilation issue".

He said developers should also pay more attention to ventilation.

Chapter 11 of the Planning Department's Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines highlights the importance of "breezeways", which can improve "the microclimate of urban environments" and "allow effective air movements into the urban area to remove gases, particulates and heat".

The guidelines also read: "Tall buildings along the waterfront should be avoided to allow sea breezes blowing into the city."

But how strictly guidelines are observed is another story. Some government planners privately admit they are not in some cases.

President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects and Town Planning Board member Bernard Lim said the KCRC Nam Cheong project was endorsed during the production boom in 1999, when former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa announced his now-defunct plan to build 85,000 flats a year.

"Inevitably, officials would approve very tall buildings, and having them packed together like a great wall was hardly considered an issue. After all, you needed to make full use of land to [build] 85,000 flats a year," Professor Lim said.

Shamshuipo district councillor Wai Woon-nam, who led residents in the fight against the Nam Cheong project, said the inner parts of Shamshuipo could be choked off if the KCRC project went ahead.

"Of course, it is about supply and demand where people want to move in high-rise condominiums, which is often achieved through tearing down old blocks. It is good for developers but bad for residents living behind [the high-rises]."

A Housing, Planning and Lands Bureau spokeswoman would not comment on the project's redesign but said the bureau would keep in touch with the KCRC.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 10:43 PM   #987
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Two MTR drivers at fault
Anita Lam
2 September 2005
South China Morning Post

Drivers who failed to take proper action after technical failures have been blamed for two station-skipping incidents on the MTR that left 250 passengers stranded.

At Admiralty on June 29, a driver did not notice the train had stopped short and the doors had not opened, the Hong Kong Railway Inspectorate said in a report released yesterday. At Hang Hau on June 6, the driver did not notice the platform doors had not opened and left without letting passengers on or off. The MTR said both drivers had been "promptly" removed from duty for further training.

In the Admiralty incident, the report said, the driver should have moved the train forward but had not noticed a button warning that the doors had not opened. Two hundred passengers were delayed.

At Hang Hau, the screen doors had not opened because of a signal failure, but the train had stopped in the right position. Instead of opening them manually, the driver had driven off, delaying 50 passengers. The driver admitted he had not noticed the fault, the report said.

The rail operator has commissioned a consultant to review similar incidents and conducted a series of briefings to remind train and platform staff to stay alert.
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Old September 4th, 2005, 06:50 AM   #988
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First time MTR had these accidents since PSD installation I think....
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Old September 4th, 2005, 09:31 PM   #989
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Did anyone see the new tiles they did to Yau Ma Tai?? I have to say that it looks great with the renovation! The station looks a lot cleaner.
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Old September 8th, 2005, 05:40 PM   #990
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MTR may get Shenzhen Metro No.3 subway line again
Wen Wei Po
6 September 2005

Mainland media news reveals that the Shenzhen Metro No.3 subway line is expected to start construction as early as year end 2005. Since MTR Corporation (MTR) has already secured a contract to build and operate the Shenzhen Metro No.4 subway, it is highly likely that MTR will win this No.3 contract again. The No.4 subway line operation right may last for 25 years. Subway station property development within 500m of area may also be used to support operations of the subway. There will be 21 subway stations along the No.3 line.

The No.4 line has a total length of 32.983km. Of the 32.983km, 8.533km in suburban Luohu will be constructed underground. The rest of the suburban Longgang District line will be above ground and elevated. It connects Luohu with suburban Longgang District. The construction cost will be RMB10.897 billion.

The No.3 line is expected to complete in 2009. It takes 45 minutes to get from Honghum Central Road in Luohu to Longgang city centre. It is estimated that about 60% of passengers will be those traveling for a longer distance of 17km or more. The No.3 subway line has a capacity to handle 1,440 passengers in each service. By 2012, it will be able to handle 1.73 million person-times each our. By 2019, it will be able to run 25 subway service each hour at about once every three minutes.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 05:23 PM   #991
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Land resumption for construction of Kowloon Southern Link
Government Press Release
Friday, September 9, 2005

The Lands Department today (September 9) announced the resumption of private underground strata of land and creation of rights of temporary occupation over private land and underground strata in Tsim Sha Tsui and Tai Kok Tsui for the construction of the KCRC Kowloon Southern Link.

"According to the authorised Railway Scheme, the underground strata of two private lots, involving a piece of land owned by the MTR Corporation in Tai Kok Tsui and an electricity sub-station in Canton Road, with a total area of 62 square metres will be resumed under the Railways Ordinance and will revert to the Government on December 9, 2005," a spokesman for the Lands Department said.

Portions of land and strata of a number of private land including One Peking, Ocean Centre and Olympian City 2,etc will be temporarily occupied for a period of about three and a half years.

The effective date will also be three months after the gazettal date. Details of the private land and strata affected are contained in the Gazette published today.

Notices will be sent to the registered owners and interested parties and have been posted at or near the affected land.

"The acquired land and strata will be granted to Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation for construction of the Kowloon Southern Link. Those temporarily occupied land will be returned to the landowners concerned after the works for the Kowloon Southern Link have been completed," the spokesman said.

The construction work is scheduled to commence in the third quarter 2005 and is expected to be completed by 2009.

Under the Railways Ordinance (Cap 519), any person who has a compensatable interest in the land resumed or temporarily occupied may submit a claim to the Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works.

The claimants are suggested to make their claims within 12 months from the date of land taken on December 9, 2005. Any professional fees reasonably incurred for making and agreeing such a claim may be reimbursed by the Government.

If the claims cannot be settled by agreement, the claimants may apply to the Lands Tribunal for adjudication. The decision of the Lands Tribunal on the amount of compensation payable is final.

The Railway Development Section of the Lands Department which is responsible for the subject resumption and creation of rights of temporary occupation has compiled a pamphlet providing general information on the procedures and arrangements for compensation payment.

People who would like to obtain a copy of the pamphlet may approach the Railway Development Section of the Lands Department, 7/F., Hong Kong Pacific Centre, 28 Hankow Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
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8 September 2005
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New sights and sounds greet passengers on the MTR Disneyland Resort Line

Customer Service Ambassadors in Victorian costumes will greet MTR passengers at Disneyland Resort Station when Hong Kong Disneyland opens on 12 September 2005 and on subsequent Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

They will answer passenger enquiries about the Disneyland Resort Line and be able to pose for pictures, to help guests make their Disneyland photo albums complete.

Starting from 12 September 2005, Disney music will be played at the MTR Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort Stations, where passengers take the three and a halfminute journey to Hong Kong Disneyland on whimsical, unique Disney-themed trains designed by the MTR Corporation with Disney’s Imagineers.

As a journey on the MTR Disneyland Resort Line is not to be missed for visitors
wishing to enjoy the full theme park experience, the Corporation is launching a
specially designed Disneyland Resort Line 1-Day Pass which will be sold as a joint package with the Hong Kong Disneyland park ticket. To celebrate the opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland, 100,000 specially designed ticket jackets will be given away with the ticket packages on a first-come-first-served basis. The ticket package is sold exclusively at the Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at MTR Hong Kong Station starting from 12 September 2005.
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Approval of Kowloon Southern Link Project Agreement
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Government Press Release

The Executive Council approved the draft Kowloon Southern Link (KSL) Project Agreement to be executed by the Government and the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC). The draft project agreement sets out the respective rights and obligations of the Government and KCRC in terms of the financing, design, construction and operation of the project.

"The KSL was authorised by the Chief Executive in Council under Section 11(4) of the Railways Ordinance in June 2005. It is now necessary for the Government to enter into a project agreement with KCRC for the implementation of the project", a Government spokesman said today (September 13).

The spokesman added, "The drafting of the Project Agreement is largely based on the West Rail Project Agreement executed in 1998 and the East Rail Extensions Project Agreement executed in 2003."

Among other things, the draft project agreement:-

(a) fixes the scope of works of the KSL project, which KCRC plans, designs and constructs at its own cost;

(b) provides that where property developments are to be undertaken at the KSL West Kowloon Station, KCRC shall undertake such developments;

(c) obliges KCRC to work in accordance with a programme to ensure that the KSL project will be completed on time;

(d) covers land matters in relation to the KSL project; and

(e) obliges KCRC to comply with all the environmental protection requirements.

The KSL project is one of the railway projects recommended for implementation in the Government's Railway Development Strategy 2000. The strategic function of the KSL project is to provide an efficient east-west railway link in the southern part of the Kowloon peninsula. Upon completion of this railway link, the population in the North-West New Territories will have better access to the urban Kowloon areas by rail without the need for any railway interchange.

"The estimated cost of the KSL is $8.3 billion. The construction works for the KSL are about to start for completion in 2009", he added.
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23 September 2005
Corporate Press Release
Emergency drill for Ma On Shan Rail

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) carried out an emergency drill at Ma On Shan Rail Heng On Station early this morning to test and enhance the co-ordination and responsiveness of KCRC staff, the Fire Services Department and the Hong Kong Police Force in emergency situations.

In the drill scenario, a fire broke out on a southbound train as it was departing from Heng On Station. The flames spread and penetrated into train compartments causing heavy smoke inside the compartments. Meanwhile, the train driver found some essential components of the train had failed and the fail-safe system of the train activated the emergency brake, bringing the train to a stop just past the platform. Three passengers were injured. KCRC staff and rescue teams then rushed to the scene and evacuated the passengers.

The exercise was held after the close of traffic to avoid any disruption to train service. The latest exercise is one of the large-scale joint emergency drills KCRC holds with external parties every year to ensure the best possible responsiveness, co-ordination and communication among KCRC staff and emergency services organisations.
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Corporate Press Release
18 September 2005
Airport Express Trains Get Ready for AsiaWorld-Expo

One Airport Express train now stands out from the rest!

Comprising eight cars - seven passenger cars and one baggage car - it is 22 metres longer than the other seven-car Airport Express trains currently operating on the line.
The eight-car train is the first in the Airport Express fleet to be converted to meet the additional passenger demand expected when AsiaWorld-Expo opens at the end of this year when the Airport Express trains will start calling at a new AsiaWorld-Expo Station.

According to the programme, the entire fleet of 11 Airport Express trains will be converted to 8-car trains by December 2005. The additional passenger car will increase the number of seats on each Airport Express train to 448 from the current 384.

AsiaWorld-Expo is a world class exhibition and event facility which is fully integrated with an international airport and served by an in-venue railway station. The Airport Express will offer the fastest, most comfortable and direct mode of transport to the new exhibition centre upon its opening later this year.
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Freesheet battle intensifies in HK with Express Post
By James Murphy
2005/09/23

HONG KONG: Sing Tao News Corporation has upped the ante in the city's free newspaper war, launching a free weekend newspaper to be distributed at MTR stations.

The 24-page Express Post launched on September 10 and will have an initial print run of 300,000, after its parent company won the tender for the Saturday slot. Rival Metro is available during the week in the MTR, while Sing Tao's weekday publication Headline Daily is available in 490 housing estates, among other locations.

Express Post chiefs are hoping the weekend title will give Sing Tao the upper hand, by convincing advertisers and consumers to migrate from Metro.

"The strategy is to occupy two distribution channels, and I am sure it will be well received," said Lo Wing-hung, publisher of Express Post and Headline Daily.

The sector has been the focus of increasing interest recently, with am730 launching a few months ago.
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Exco approves agreement for $8.3b Kowloon South rail link
Benjamin Wong
2005/09/14
South China Morning Post

The Executive Council has approved the draft agreement for the $8.3 billion Kowloon Southern Link, the government announced yesterday.

Construction for the 3.8km rail link was expected to begin soon, a government spokesman said, without giving a specific date.

The link, connecting the West Rail terminal at Nam Cheong with East Rail's terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, is scheduled to be completed by 2009.

Under the draft agreement with the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, the rail operator will be responsible for the planning, design and construction of the line. It will also shoulder the construction costs.

The agreement also states the rail company will be responsible for any property developments at the West Kowloon Station - the only station along the link.

Other areas covered by the draft agreement included the land arrangements and the environmental protection requirements that the KCRC must meet, the spokesman said.

"Upon completion of this railway link, the population in the northwest New Territories will have better access to the urban Kowloon areas by rail without the need for any railway interchange," he said.

It is estimated that once the link is completed, passengers will be able to travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui East in 30 minutes.

In August, the KCRC awarded three construction projects for the rail link to two contractors at a value of $3.1 billion.

Plans for the link had caused controversy earlier when it was announced that plans for a station at the Canton Road shopping hub were scrapped because the two would-be partners in the project failed to agree on sharing costs.

The dispute between the KCRC and Wharf Estates Development centred on which side would pay for the station.

It prompted more than 1,200 Canton Road shops, including top brands such as Cartier and Celine, to sign a petition protesting against the decision.
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29 September 2005
Corporate Press Release
KCRC deploys service for National Day Golden Week and Chung Yeung Festival

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will deploy its services to cope with the expected increase in passengers’ demand during the first National Day Golden Week after the opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland and Chung Yeung Festival.

In the evening of National Day (1 October), KCRC will enhance East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail services to facilitate the travelling public to view the fireworks display. Between 9:30pm and 11pm, additional trains will be deployed to run from East Tsim Sha Tsui to Sheung Shui and northbound service will run at about 3.5-minute intervals. Between 6pm and 11pm, the frequency of Ma On Shan Rail trains will be enhanced from 5-minute to 4-minute intervals. Regarding K16 feeder bus (West Rail Nam Cheong Station-East Rail East Tsim Sha Tsui Station), in order to facilitate the special temporary traffic arrangements starting from 7pm, the bus stops in both directions at Kowloon Park Drive and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station will be temporarily suspended and the service will terminate at Lai Chark Middle School opposite China Hong Kong City. Passengers for West Rail Nam Cheong Station will also have to take the bus there.

During the coming Golden Week, KCRC will closely monitor passenger traffic, maintain close contact with government departments and boundary authorities, arrange spare trains to standby, regulate trains to and from Lo Wu and deploy additional manpower to ensure a smooth flow of traffic at the checkpoint. For cross boundary services, the first and last Lo Wu-bound trains will depart from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 5:28am and 11:05pm respectively as usual. The Lo Wu checkpoint is open from 6:30am to midnight. Passengers travelling to the Mainland via Lo Wu are advised to listen to radio announcements or call the KCRC hotline at 2929 3399 to obtain information on cross-boundary service arrangements at Lo Wu before starting their journeys.

During Chung Yeung Festival (9 and 11 October), additional staff will be deployed at East Rail Fanling Station to facilitate passengers and the train services will be strengthened when necessary. Also, the services of Light Rail route 505 (Siu Hong-Sam Shing Terminus) will be enhanced in accordance with the passenger demand. Passengers are reminded not to bring lighted incense and roast pigs on board as it will affect safety of passengers and train operation..

KCRC General Manager – Marketing Mr Michael Lai said, “KCRC is well aware that different travellers have different transportation needs. We have earlier Earlier, we introduced the KCR Railbus – Disneyland and this new service, KCR Taxi – Disneyland, will provide another option for travellers.meet the needs of”
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