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Old October 1st, 2005, 08:32 PM   #1001
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 05:16 PM   #1004
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KCR 'infotainment' turns off pressure group

A pressure group that targets television advertising on public buses now has one of the city's two rail operators in its sights.

Chester Yung
Hong Kong Standard
Monday, October 03, 2005

A pressure group that targets television advertising on public buses now has one of the city's two rail operators in its sights.
Hush the Bus says the Kowloon- Canton Railway Corp which, unlike its rival Mass Transit Railway Corp, carries television monitors on its carriages, is breaching its own ordinance by causing nuisance to passengers.

KCRC announced in April its collaboration with i-Cable TV to broadcast news and advertisements - Newsline Express - on its trains, which carry more than a million passengers daily.

But Hush the Bus chairman Catherine Ng argues KCRC is breaking its own ordinance by bombarding its passengers with "infotainment."

Bylaw 55, under section 31(1) of the KCRC Ordinance, states: "No person while upon the railway premises shall to the annoyance, inconvenience or disturbance of any other person ... use any ... record player ... television or any electrical or mechanical apparatus."

A KCRC spokeswoman said that the word "person" in the bylaw does not include the corporation itself.

But, asks Ng: "Why is it that passengers are not allowed to disturb other riders by listening to personal entertainment equipment without headphones, and yet some passengers' enjoyment of TV broadcasts via loudspeakers - which disturbs many others - is allowed on buses and trains?"

She argued that broadcast via loudspeakers "sells commuters' rights to a quieter journey to advertisers."

Under the license agreement, KCRC provides the medium- the passenger information display system on board the trains- while Hong Kong Cable News Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of i-Cable, is the sole content provider and exclusive commercial airtime sales distributor.

KCRC admitted it shares the revenue generated from advertisements, but would not reveal the ratio.

Although KCRC insisted in-transit TV is a value-added service, some passengers said it bothers them.

The Transport Advisory Council has received 83 noise complaints about the newsline service. The Transport Department received another 16 complaints in August, while the Environmental Protection Department received 13 in July and August.

The KCRC spokeswoman said Newsline Express had a 70:30 ratio of content to commercials. "This ... allows the service to be commercially viable without compromising the needs of the audience," she said.

Citing MARTA in the United States and Virgin Trains in Britain, where TV audio on trains is broadcast via headsets, Ng insisted all public transport operators wishing to broadcast commercial programs "should transmit audio in a way that passengers who wish to receive the service use their own headphones."

But the KCRC spokeswoman said Newsline Express is "a value-added service and we offer choice - a quiet zone for passengers who prefer a quiet journey."

Although KCRC is wholly owned by the government and its operations are monitored by a management board, Ng said no particular government department regulates noise control.

In response, Environment, Transport and Works Bureau Transport Branch Railway section officer Eddie Lee said Newsline Express is a new service implemented by KCRC.

"Its launch has attracted mixed reactions. Some passengers welcome the new service, while others have concerns about the noise level of programs," Lee said, adding the bureau has suggested that KCRC reduces the volume.

The Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority said it deals only with content but not the noise level, and that Newsline Express is not regulated by the broadcasting ordinance.

The Transport Department said its main concerns are safety and the flow of passengers after an accident. "All the Transport Department has done is `monitor the situation,"' Ng said.
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Lawmakers scoff at KCRC service delay excuses
Michael Ng
4 October 2005
Hong Kong Standard

The bad-weather explanation for a series of West Rail line disruptions has angered legislators.

Lawmakers have also called on the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp to seek compensation from a contractor for the money needed to improve earthing devices in its signaling. That figure could reach HK$20 million.

KCRC reported in an earlier document provided to the government that West Rail suffered 16 disruptions to services in the first nine months of this year.

Of these, 13 incidents were caused by signaling system faults.

KCRC said bad weather had been a major factor for the disruptions as the number of days with thunderstorm warnings issued between June and August has been higher than the same period last year.

It said four of the delays might have been caused by power surges resulting from lightning strikes to the signaling equipment.

In a special meeting Monday of the Legislative Council's subcommittee on railway matters, legislator Lau Kong- wah of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it is not good enough for the KCRC to blame lightning for service disruptions on West Rail, including a five-hour period on July 21 that affected more than 70,000 passengers.

``I cannot accept their explanation about the higher number of thunderstorms this year. It is just lightning strikes. Did this never happen last year or a decade ago?'' Lau said.

Democratic Party legislator Andrew Cheng raised doubts over the reliability of the signaling system.

``Even though the signaling and power cable systems for East Rail and West Rail are different, similar incidents have been rare on East Rail,'' he said.

Cheng was even more surprised that the KCRC had not demanded compensation from the West Rail signaling system contractor for all or part of future remedial work.

The KCRC told the government it will spend HK$10-20 million to increase the number of earthing devices, as well as separating the earthing system for the signal network and rolling-stock power supply to minimize disturbances.

``Apart from just blaming the weather, it is groundless for KCRC to fund the cost itself without even pursuing the contractor to at least share responsibility for the blunder,'' Cheng said.

The rail operator's senior transport director, Li Yan-tai, replied the company had considered the possibility of lightning strikes when they designed the system, but the severity of lightning this summer exceeded their expectations.

He also firmly rejected the idea there are flaws in the West Rail signaling system, as it is the same system widely used in Europe and Asia.

``If problems are found [in the system], we will make improvements rather than shifting responsibility to the contractor, or referring to the mistakes made during the signal system design process,'' he said.

Li noted that the contractor had voluntarily extended the signaling system's free warranty period, from last October to the end of this year.

A specialist had reviewed the system's earthing and lightning protection, Li said, and additional lightning protection devices will be installed before next year's rainy season.

Li said the KCRC has also concluded its investigation of a collision involving two West Rail carriages inside the Pak Heung Depot on July 21, saying that it was an isolated case not connected in any way with the signaling system.

Li said a medical report on the male driver, who has worked for the KCRC for three years and is only responsible for the shunting of trains inside the depot, revealed the he is not suitable for driving duties for the time being.

The company has transferred him to other job, Li said, without revealing the driver's medical condition on privacy grounds.
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Old October 6th, 2005, 03:36 AM   #1007
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Railway operators face partial merger
Government likely to keep KCR assets, new firm to run trains

Denise Tsang
6 October 2005
South China Morning Post

After floating an ambitious plan to combine Hong Kong's two rail corporations into a railroad giant more than two years ago, the government appears to be inching towards its final destination - a partial merger.

Its conundrum was how to satisfy 360,000 MTR Corp minority shareholders, legislators and rail users. Its answer seems likely to be injecting management rights for the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp (KCRC) into the MTR.

A final decision has not been made but well-placed sources say the asset-light approach is the preferred option. It is reminiscent of Singapore's separation of track and rolling stock and would involve the MTR being given an option to acquire the hard assets of its country railway cousin at a later date.

"The government and the MTR are close to reaching a consensus on the valuation of the merger and it is planned that Chief Executive [Donald Tsang Yam-kuen] will announce the merger deal shortly after delivering his maiden policy address," one source close to the government said.

A key driving force behind the deal is the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau which, ahead of a decision, has put on hold the planned Sha Tin to Central rail project and a new fare setting mechanism for the operator.

The Treasury Bureau has also been given an incentive to force a deal since record share prices for the MTR make the delayed sale of a second batch of shares attractive.

"The government favours the partial merger option as a result of shifting priorities," a source said. "There have been so many changes in Hong Kong's economy and also the government's financial position since the merger idea was brought up in 2002."

A much improved fiscal situation, thanks to lucrative land sales and a booming economy, has reduced the need for the government to raise fast cash from a lock, stock and barrel KCRC sale.

It is understood that a partial merger will mean the creation of a single operating company with ownership of KCRC's assets remaining in government hands.

In return for running the operation, management fees would be paid to the listed entity. It is similar to Singapore's approach, in which the government funds capital works and the listed SMRT Corp runs network operations and maintenance.

To pave the way for a genuine merger, it is planned that the merged entity will be granted an exclusive right to purchase KCRC assets at a time when they begin to yield profits.

The partial merger would need to comply with five parameters set by the government last year, which include scrapping second boarding charges and bringing down fares, sources said.

"The arrangement will allay the financial sector's concern about destroying MTR value and the public's concern over selling government assets at substantial discounts," said another source.

Whether it makes for a well-managed, merged railway operation is, perhaps, another question.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 11:30 AM   #1009
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Old October 9th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #1010
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Looks nice, is it just the one station (are there plans for extensions to other stations, say from the Airport or something?)? Does Disneyland pay for any of it? It's like one big advert. The seats look really comfortable, I hope they last...
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Looks nice, is it just the one station (are there plans for extensions to other stations, say from the Airport or something?)? Does Disneyland pay for any of it? It's like one big advert. The seats look really comfortable, I hope they last...
The airport express line is already in operation since 1998 (opening of new airport). This disneyland resort line has one of its end meeting the airport express line. So it is connected to the current MTR/KCR network.
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Old October 12th, 2005, 04:06 AM   #1014
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Platform screens planned for HK railway
10 October 2005
China Daily

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) said it is planning the construction of chest-high platform screen doors at all its stations in a matter of about seven to eight years.

This announcement followed a meeting between the KCRC Chairman Michael Tien and DAB representatives including legislator Lau Kwong-wah October 4 morning.

Tien said that the plan would soon be presented to the corporation's board.

He estimated that installation would take not more than eight years, and passengers may have to share the cost.

"We will most likely follow the MTR's example in constructing screen doors, and the cost will be divided equally between the corporation and citizens in the territory over quite a long period of time," Tien said at a press meeting.

Meanwhile, the KCRC chairman also announced the launch of a discount monthly pass for passengers of the Ma On Shan Railway.

"These discount passes will be launched in the beginning of December at the earliest, and passengers will be able to access East Rail stations for an unlimited number of times through the Ma On Shan Railway," said Tien.

He said the discount pass will be priced at about HK$200 (US$25.81), adding that KCRC will decide if it is feasible to continue the discount after an initial period of six months.

Tien also revealed that he will recommend to the company board the installation of partitions at stations with no platform doors.
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The Disneyland Resort Line connects with the Tung Chung Line and not the Airport Express at Sunny Bay.
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MTR must tread softly amid British rail property bonanza
8 October 2005
South China Morning Post

The MTR Corp is no slouch when it comes to drumming up business. And in Britain it may be about to beat a drum roll of opportunities, from running London's commuter railway lines to developing clusters of ageing railway stations around the country.

As the South China Morning Post reported this week, MTR is looking at redeveloping stations on different networks in North London's West Hampstead as well as bidding for two South East England systems and planning to bid for the South West regional network.

All have connections to London. MTR's man in London, Jeremy Long, has a weather eye on plans by the national infrastructure operator Network Rail to redeveloping some of its 2,500 stations.

The opportunities are enormous but investment in commercial property in Britain is not always for the faint-hearted. What is more, there are plenty of other property developers and infrastructure builders who are prepared to make a bid for some of the business.

The good news is this: Network Rail - which owns and maintains the track, signalling equipment, tunnels and most stations - has unveiled a ?4 billion ($54.5 billion), 10-year station redevelopment strategy. It will start with six London stations, initially Victoria, Waterloo and Euston which between them have potential for up to 490,000 square metres of development.

Railtrack says it hopes to put the first few projects out to limited tender by the end of the year. A spokesman declined to say whether the list of companies likely to be invited included either MTR or any other non-British group.

Then, as well as big provincial stations such as Birmingham, which are "popping at the seams", there are 40 to 50 medium-sized regional stations, including Leicester and Reading which are also too small to cope with demand. Many are interesting architecturally, requiring sensitive handling.

Whether MTR is considered - or considers itself - big enough to take on these projects, either on its own or as part of a consortium, remains to be seen but it might be interested in Network Rail's "cluster strategy" for smaller stations.

The idea is to take up to 25 smaller stations, although more likely six to 12 stations along a line, for concurrent development.

Government-owned Network Rail will not leave its plans in control of the private sector. It will insist on 50-50 joint ventures.

Network Rail will bring the land and the development permission. The private sector will provide the cash and the know-how. Both will then benefit from the commercial income from the slick new shopping centres, residential and office developments sprouting up and down busy lines, while the rail network benefits from much needed additional resources.

Still, there is some bad news. In London, especially outside the West End, there is already a glut of commercial property.

The City of London earlier this year was reported to have 13 per cent of its office space standing empty, although demand is improving. There are 560,000 square metres of office space being built in the City alone and more is planned.

As for the shopping centres, Britain's retail sector is struggling. A string of retailers has issued profit warnings this year and new shops are standing empty.

Network Rail confidently told the real estate newspaper Property Week that the "captured" nature of its passengers would allow station shops to outperform the high street. But commuting is expensive and passengers may be less inclined to put even more money the way of their "captors".

Worse still, the government this week proposed a new windfall gains tax on land that receives planning permission for development. It is unclear how this will affect railway development projects.

Property is a cyclical business and MTR and its peers know the risks. That British stations are a potential bonanza is not in doubt but MTR may well take a cautious approach once the projects are really up for grabs.
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Source: http://www.asiaworld-expo.com/WebFor...aspx?lang=enUS

AsiaWorld-Expo and Airport Express Station open in December 2005

[HONG KONG, 10 October 2005] AsiaWorld-Expo will become operational before the end of the year in Hong Kong. It is the world’s only exhibition and event venue that is fully integrated with an international airport and supported with an in-venue railway station.

Scheduled to open in December, AsiaWorld-Expo is Hong Kong’s newest and largest exhibition and event centre. It offers over 70,000 square metres of state-of-the-art rental space for exhibitions, conventions, meetings and events. Located at the centre of an extensive and efficient air, land and marine transport network which connects Hong Kong to China’s Pearl River Delta and the world’s business capitals. The complex has 10 column-free, high specifications exhibition halls, one of which is a purpose-built entertainment arena which is Hong Kong’s largest indoor seated venue for an audience of 13,500, making it ideal for concerts and large entertainment events.

To-date, an impressive event calendar for 2006 and beyond has been confirmed with leading organisers from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe and America hosting exhibitions and functions on a wide variety of themes, including the ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006, the recognised ‘Olympics of International Telecommunications industry’. This is a strong testimony to the achievements of the location and recognition to the outstanding quality of AsiaWorld-Expo.

To better serve the travelling needs of AsiaWorld-Expo exhibitors and visitors, the MTR Airport Express is being extended to a new in-venue station at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Ms Helen Chiu, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited said, “Upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport, overseas exhibitors and buyers can take the train from the airport to arrive directly at AsiaWorld-Expo in less than 2 minutes. The Airport Express provides a safe, fast, convenient and comfortable service at a very attractive price.”

Mr. Adi Lau, General Manager-Marketing & Station Business of MTR Corporation, added, “the Airport Express service will be extended to AsiaWorld-Expo, providing exhibitors and visitors convenient access to the venue, and easy connections to all other major destinations in Hong Kong through the Airport Express and the MTR network.”

Mr. Lau continued, “whilst the Airport Express fare structure will apply, an attractive fare will be offered to passengers using Octopus card, taking same-day round-trips and staying for two hours or more at AsiaWorld-Expo.”

A same-day round trip journey to AsiaWorld-Expo from Tsing Yi Station is HK$42 when using Octopus, Kowloon Station is HK$64 and from Hong Kong Station is HK$72. Passengers are also entitled to a free MTR connection to any destinations when they use their Octopus cards to travel on Airport Express. An adult single journey fare from Airport Station to AsiaWorld-Expo station is HK$5.


“Hong Kong has become the Asian hub for major exhibitions and events. We are honoured that our Airport Express service with this attractive package will further enhance the city’s attractiveness and competitiveness among all neighbouring cities,” Mr. Lau added.

“Nowhere in the world can you experience a world class train service that takes you from the doorstep of the arrival hall of an international airport directly to the doorstep of the exhibition halls in such a short time. The MTR railway network connection also helps Airport Express passengers to get access to major destinations in Hong Kong,” added Ms Chiu.

With increase in passenger volume on Airport Express brought about by AsiaWorld-Expo, the existing 7-car Airport Express trains are being progressively converted to 8-car trains starting from this September.

During major exhibitions and events, train services will be further enhanced by deploying more Airport Express trains and larger capacity MTR Tung Chung Line trains to meet adequately any upsurge of passenger demand before and after events.

The new AsiaWorld-Expo Station will be a two-level above-ground structure, with a single platform at ground level and the station concourse on the first level. The concourse will be integrated with AsiaWorld-Expo, thus providing the venue with convenient access to the railway services.






i personally think the price a too expensive to attract people to use AE to the asiaworld expo.
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From MTR's website,

MTRC obtains PAS 55-1 certification

MTR wins two prestigious awards, the China National Quality Management Award and the 1st Runner-up of the Robert W. Campbell Award
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IF MTR further reduces the price on the Airport Express will make more people ride it and it will not be as big of a waste as it is now.
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AsiaWorld-Expo and Airport Express Station open in December 2005

[HONG KONG, 10 October 2005] AsiaWorld-Expo will become operational before the end of the year in Hong Kong. It is the world’s only exhibition and event venue that is fully integrated with an international airport and supported with an in-venue railway station.

Scheduled to open in December, AsiaWorld-Expo is Hong Kong’s newest and largest exhibition and event centre. It offers over 70,000 square metres of state-of-the-art rental space for exhibitions, conventions, meetings and events. Located at the centre of an extensive and efficient air, land and marine transport network which connects Hong Kong to China’s Pearl River Delta and the world’s business capitals. The complex has 10 column-free, high specifications exhibition halls, one of which is a purpose-built entertainment arena which is Hong Kong’s largest indoor seated venue for an audience of 13,500, making it ideal for concerts and large entertainment events.

To-date, an impressive event calendar for 2006 and beyond has been confirmed with leading organisers from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Europe and America hosting exhibitions and functions on a wide variety of themes, including the ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006, the recognised ‘Olympics of International Telecommunications industry’. This is a strong testimony to the achievements of the location and recognition to the outstanding quality of AsiaWorld-Expo.

To better serve the travelling needs of AsiaWorld-Expo exhibitors and visitors, the MTR Airport Express is being extended to a new in-venue station at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Ms Helen Chiu, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited said, “Upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport, overseas exhibitors and buyers can take the train from the airport to arrive directly at AsiaWorld-Expo in less than 2 minutes. The Airport Express provides a safe, fast, convenient and comfortable service at a very attractive price.”

Mr. Adi Lau, General Manager-Marketing & Station Business of MTR Corporation, added, “the Airport Express service will be extended to AsiaWorld-Expo, providing exhibitors and visitors convenient access to the venue, and easy connections to all other major destinations in Hong Kong through the Airport Express and the MTR network.”

Mr. Lau continued, “whilst the Airport Express fare structure will apply, an attractive fare will be offered to passengers using Octopus card, taking same-day round-trips and staying for two hours or more at AsiaWorld-Expo.”

A same-day round trip journey to AsiaWorld-Expo from Tsing Yi Station is HK$42 when using Octopus, Kowloon Station is HK$64 and from Hong Kong Station is HK$72. Passengers are also entitled to a free MTR connection to any destinations when they use their Octopus cards to travel on Airport Express. An adult single journey fare from Airport Station to AsiaWorld-Expo station is HK$5.


“Hong Kong has become the Asian hub for major exhibitions and events. We are honoured that our Airport Express service with this attractive package will further enhance the city’s attractiveness and competitiveness among all neighbouring cities,” Mr. Lau added.

“Nowhere in the world can you experience a world class train service that takes you from the doorstep of the arrival hall of an international airport directly to the doorstep of the exhibition halls in such a short time. The MTR railway network connection also helps Airport Express passengers to get access to major destinations in Hong Kong,” added Ms Chiu.

With increase in passenger volume on Airport Express brought about by AsiaWorld-Expo, the existing 7-car Airport Express trains are being progressively converted to 8-car trains starting from this September.

During major exhibitions and events, train services will be further enhanced by deploying more Airport Express trains and larger capacity MTR Tung Chung Line trains to meet adequately any upsurge of passenger demand before and after events.

The new AsiaWorld-Expo Station will be a two-level above-ground structure, with a single platform at ground level and the station concourse on the first level. The concourse will be integrated with AsiaWorld-Expo, thus providing the venue with convenient access to the railway services.






i personally think the price a too expensive to attract people to use AE to the asiaworld expo.




Current price:
Tsing Yi to Airport: $60 adult (vs $42 for Tsing Yi to AWE) (30% off)
Kowloon to Airport: $90 adult (vs $64 for Kwl to AWE) (28.9% off)
Hong Kong to Airport: $100 adult (vs $72 for HK to AWE) (28% off)
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