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Old October 22nd, 2005, 12:27 AM   #1061
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The 2nd terminal should be the midfield one. I don't think there is a plan for another terminal beyond this one. I haven't picked that project up on the Hong Kong press at all lately, and I doubt something that big will start soon and go undetected.
Are there any renderings?
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 02:56 AM   #1062
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Are there any renderings?
The 2020 Master Plan has a double Y-shaped midfield terminal planned :
http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/a...pdf/MP2020.pdf

I will watch the press for news and post updates in the Aviation section :
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...&goto=lastpost
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 07:10 AM   #1063
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KCRC to invite tenders in $12b Tai Wai flats project
Raymond Wang
20 October 2005
Hong Kong Standard



Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation plans to invite tenders in December to develop a property project near Tai Wai station, which analysts estimate will cost HK$12 billion.

To allow small- and medium-sized developers to tender, KCRC plans to split the project into two packages, the first time it has divided such a project this year.

Package 1 will consist of eight residential towers to be completed in two phases by 2010. Package 2 will comprise four residential towers. Developers can either submit bids for the entire project or for either package. Winning tenders will be chosen in the first quarter next year.

The project will require investment of almost HK$12 billion, or HK$3,200 per square foot, said Vigers Appraisal & Consulting executive director Tony Chan. The cost would include HK$1,200 psf on construction and HK$2,000 psf on land premiums.

Mid-tier developers such as K Wah International will probably to take part in Package 2, which will cost nearly HK$4 billion, while larger companies such as Sun Hung Kai Properties, Henderson Land Development, Cheung Kong (Holdings), and Sino Land may be interested in bidding for the entire project, Chan said.

Occupying an area of about 7.06 hectares, the development will yield a gross floor area of about 3.66 million sq ft. The 12 residential towers will have 4,304 apartments.

KCRC will invite expressions of interest tomorrow, with a submissions deadline of November 11.

The company will soon negotiate with the government on the land premium, which market watchers expect will be finalized in three months and may be more than HK$7 billion, according to Viger's Chan.

The Tai Wai project will be KCRC's fourth property development this year after Wu Kai Sha station on the Ma On Shan line, and Nam Cheong and Tuen Mun stations on the West Rail line. In June, Sino Land won the right to develop the HK$7 billion residential project above Wu Kai Sha station.

Cheung Kong, Sun Hung Kai, Henderson Land and seven smaller rivals submitted expressions of interest for the Tuen Mun project in August. KCRC plans to invite tenders by early next month.

In August, KCRC delayed the tender for a HK$20 billion residential development above Nam Cheong station after receiving objections from nearby residents who said air flows will be affected by the project. The railway operator is consulting the government.
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Old October 22nd, 2005, 12:23 PM   #1064
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nah HKAA named the SkyPlaza also Terminal Two of HKIA.
maybe i got it the other way around. Either the current terminal or skyplaza is terminal one. And another oneis terminal two.

Future expansion (except skyplaza):
-4 extra roof expansion on current terminal
-Midfield terminal
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 05:58 AM   #1065
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 06:03 AM   #1066
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 12:22 PM   #1067
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Great pictures. I rode the MTR in '93 and was instantly impressed. There were only three lines then, but it was so modern. Glad to see the expansion it's gone through. Why did it take until '79 to build the subway and not earlier?
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 01:34 PM   #1068
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It's not related when the system was built. The whole MTR network has been refurbished for numerous times over the years.
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Old October 23rd, 2005, 10:44 PM   #1069
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I first rode the MTR in 1989. Had anything been renewed between 1979-1989? I always thought that was the original form of the MTR, except for the expansions throughout the 1980s.
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Old October 24th, 2005, 09:18 AM   #1070
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KCRC invests 5 mln HKD in safety enhancement
24 October 2005
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

HONG KONG, October 24 (CEIS) -- The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) announced on October 23 it has undertaken a number of projects and invested over 5 million Hong Kong dollars (645,161 US dollars) this year to enhance the safety standard of railway services.

The safety-enhancement projects include the installation of studded floors at the entrances of all refurbished trains in order to minimize the potential of slipping. The 3 million HK dollars project began early this year and is expected to be completed in November.

KCRC is also installing bollards at the entrances of busy escalators in East Rail stations to discourage passengers carrying bulky luggage from using escalators. This project, which cost 570,000 HK dollars, will also be completed in November.

In another project costing 370,000 HK dollars, the purple flashing neon lights on East Rail platform edges are being replaced with orange lights to raise passengers' awareness of the platform gap.

To enhance Light Rail safety, KCRC said it has invested 1.1 million HK dollars to install 50mm platform gap fillers on 50 Light Rail platforms to narrow the platform gap, and to install bollards and railings at 35 Light Rail pedestrian crossings to encourage passengers, especially cyclists, to stop and look before crossing the road. Both projects will be completed by the end of this year.
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Old October 25th, 2005, 11:16 AM   #1071
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Old October 25th, 2005, 11:39 AM   #1072
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九鐵重兵駐三高危車站
24 October 2005
星島日報

本港年底舉行世貿部長級會議,九鐵慎防大批示威者會有所行動,破壞鐵路的運行及秩序,將抽調人手組成快速反應部隊,以加強保安。

九鐵安全及品管經理劉興漢昨日認為,因應世貿會場設於灣仔會展中心,故九鐵面對的風險,相對會較港島區其他公共交通工具為低。不過,劉興漢強調,九鐵已積極與運輸署及警方密切聯絡,交換情報,就保安安排研究相應措施,例如加強在站內巡邏及監察。

據了解,九鐵已抽調數百名員工組成快速反應部隊,屆時負責巡查鐵路沿綫車站;由於有幾百名南韓農民示威者將會入住烏溪沙青年新村,故大部分人員會分派駐守烏溪沙、大圍及紅磡三個高危車站,應付突發情況。

500萬元提升安全

此外,九廣東鐵今年動用超過五百萬元,提升鐵路安全水平,包括翻新車廂的車門,在入口加上凹凸圓點,提高防滑功能,另外亦會在一些使用量高的扶手電梯入口,加上鐵柱,防止攜帶大型行李旅客使用扶手梯。

發言人說,目前已在三個東鐵車站的扶手電梯安裝鐵柱,證實減少了意外事件,乘客的意外受傷率低於一百萬分之一,是相當低的數字。本報記者
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Old October 25th, 2005, 05:01 PM   #1073
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It's not related when the system was built. The whole MTR network has been refurbished for numerous times over the years.
He means why was the MTR only built like in '79, not why the the refurbishments/improvments only came later.
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Studies to build a subway system took place back in the 1960s to find solutions to growing traffic problems, and construction soon followed in the 1970s, with the first line opening in 1979 and many extensions soon followed.

Here is some more information on the history of the MTR : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTR
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I was just wondering looking at the 2018 map, are they going the use the partly completed upper level, the Rumsey Street platforms of the Sheung Wan station? Now the platform is only used as a walkway to the actual station one level below. It's the most strangest place of the whole of the MTR.
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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:27 AM   #1077
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I was just wondering looking at the 2018 map, are they going the use the partly completed upper level, the Rumsey Street platforms of the Sheung Wan station? Now the platform is only used as a walkway to the actual station one level below. It's the most strangest place of the whole of the MTR.

Nope. the platform lies at a 90 degree from the one in Sheung Wan and also the interchage patterns (how people interchange) will overfill the escalators. MTR and the govenment considered it before, but it is not feasible.
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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 27th, 2005, 11:30 AM   #1079
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Protest in the MTR



人鏈鎖路軌攻佔地鐵 反世貿至激示威

【太陽報專訊】年底在港舉行的世界貿易組織部長級會議,大批來自歐美韓等國的激進示威者,計畫衝擊本港地鐵沿線各站,以達到癱瘓公共交通工具服務之目的。警方掌握最新情報顯示,激進示威者極可能以前所未見的人鏈路軌行動,在繁忙時間阻斷地鐵服務。消息透露,地鐵警區已與地鐵公司組成風險評估小組,制訂連串方案。二千名地鐵前線員工已秘密演習,在世貿會議期間協助警方應變。

地鐵公司發言人承認,該公司一直與政府部門商討世貿期間地鐵的安全措施,亦會積極配合政府的需要,但發言人補充,相關細節暫不便透露,要留待政府日後公布。

目標:金鐘灣仔銅鑼灣站

情報顯示,該批來自歐美韓的激進示威者,很熟悉本港地鐵運作。為要使他們的抗議行動達到「嚇怕所有主辦世貿國家及地區」之目的,估計示威者會選擇人流最頻密、最靠近世貿會議場地的地鐵港島線金鐘、灣仔及銅鑼灣這三個站為衝擊目標。

由地鐵警區及地鐵公司組成的十八人風險評估小組在分析情報後,已制訂了最少五套緊急應變方案,以及多達百項因應不同情況的對策,除考慮到屆時示威行動會癱瘓港島線外,也預期會對地鐵全線交通造成嚴重影響。

消息稱,根據示威者過往在世貿會議舉辦地區的抗議行動,最激烈的都不會有恐怖襲擊。不過,情報顯示該批示威者會採取衝擊地鐵月台、集體跳落路軌、用鐵鏈將自己綁在路軌上,以圖阻塞地鐵交通,癱瘓整條地鐵線。

鐵筆撬開幕門集體跳軌

評估小組成員本月初先後前往金鐘、灣仔及銅鑼灣地鐵站月台視察,雖然發現這些月台都有幕門,一般人不易自行打開跳軌,不過,由於幕門的設計方便消防員在緊急時打開,故兩邊門中間由一條兩吋黑膠邊接合,如幕門失去電力開動,可方便消防員用鐵筆撬開。據悉,這種設計也同時方便了該批富經驗的「專業示威者」,他們只要乘他人不覺,用鐵筆撬開幕門,就可輕鬆跳落路軌,串成人鏈展開抗爭行動。

評估小組聯席會議按已收集的情報訂出應變計畫,包括應付地鐵站遭抗議群眾潛入地搗亂、車站內自綁在售票機或入閘機、月台內聚集抗議及以鐵鏈自綁、潛入路軌用鐵鏈自綁、破壞幕門強行跳落路軌自綁、衝入各車站控制室擾亂行車操作,以及擾亂車站內信號系統等的可能狀況。

地鐵亦為應付今次史無前例的擾亂行動添置新器材,包括最新式油壓剪刀,能在短時間內剪斷示威者用以自綁的鐵鏈,配合警員搬走在站內的示威者。

地鐵為了及早讓全線車站近二千名前線人員熟習應變工作,評估小組已將應變策略發放到各個車站,由各車站管理人員即時開展駐站人員演習及調動。在高風險的金鐘、灣仔及銅鑼灣站,更會由車站前線人員與警員聯合演練,希望透過純熟的演習,加強隊伍的合作性及應變行動。


1. 軌示威模擬圖 示威者用鐵筆撬開地鐵幕門後,齊齊跳落路軌。以鐵鏈綑綁身體再鎖在路軌的空隙。
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LCQ 4 : Broadcasts of TV news in KCRC train compartments
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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Following is a question by the Hon Andrew Cheng and a written reply by the Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, Dr Sarah Liao, at the Legislative Council meeting today (October 26):

Question:

Since July this year, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) has arranged for broadcasts of TV news and advertisements in the train compartments of its East Rail, West Rail and Ma On Shan Rail. In this connection, will the Government inform this Council:

(a) of the total number of complaints received so far by the relevant authorities about excessive volume of such broadcasts, and the outcome of such complaints;

(b) whether it will advise KCRC to make such broadcasts in the mute mode in order not to disturb passengers; if so, of the details; if not, the reasons for that; and

(c) of KCRC's estimate of the annual revenue to be generated from such broadcasts, and the accounts in which such revenue will be reflected?

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Madam President,

In August 2005 "*", the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) introduced the "Newsline Express" service on East Rail, Ma On Shan Rail and West Rail. Audio and visual news programme and advertisement are broadcast on TV panels installed in train compartments through wireless transmission. The number of complaints received by the relevant authorities (including the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau, Transport Department, Environmental Protection Department and Transport Complaint Unit) so far is as follows:

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Month                  Number of Complaints Received
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August 2005                          110
September 2005                        67
October 2005                          27
(up to 16 October 2005)
The Government noted some passengers' comments on the sound volume of the "Newsline Express". We have relayed the passengers' concern to KCRC and requested the Corporation to put in place immediate measures to reduce the sound volume, improve the sound quality and the noise protection arrangements of Quiet Cars/Quiet Zones. We have also asked the Corporation to closely monitor passengers' feedback on the service, with a view to providing passengers with a comfortable travelling environment.

Taking into account the concerns expressed by the Government and passengers, KCRC has taken active steps to implement the following measures to address the sound problems arising from the "Newsline Express":-

(i) deploy inspection teams on board to monitor the performance of the "Newsline Express";

(ii) assess the sound quality fleet-wide through comprehensive acoustic measurements and explore appropriate measures to improve the overall performance of the "Newsline Express" in terms of sound volume and quality;

(iii) adjust the sound volume in respect of the different ambient noise of each railway, i.e. to reduce the sound volume of the "Newsline Express" for railways with lower ambient noise;

(iv) strengthen the effect of the Quiet Cars/Zones by disabling the speakers close to them. Such modification works were completed in Ma On Shan Rail in August 2005 and proved to be effective in addressing the sound volume problems. Similar modifications are being implemented in East Rail and West Rail train compartments for completion by end October 2005; and

(v) adjust the position of the speakers in the Quiet Zones in the First Class Compartments of East Rail so as to confine the audio coverage to areas in the proximity of the TV panels of the "Newsline Express". The modification works are expected to complete by end 2005.

KCRC indicated that through the above improvement measures, the sound volume of the "Newsline Express" is now at a level acceptable to most passengers. According to the findings of a passenger survey conducted by the Corporation in August 2005, amongst the 6 000 respondents, 75 per cent thereof considered the sound level of the "Newsline Express" "appropriate" or "too low". Over 90 per cent of the respondents viewed that the overall performance of the "Newsline Express" is acceptable. KCRC will continue to gauge passenger feedback on the "Newsline Express" through passenger surveys.

We have relayed to the Corporation the suggestions of broadcasting the "Newsline Express" in the mute mode. In response to this, the Corporation indicated that muting the broadcast would cause inconvenience to most passengers who wish to enjoy the "Newsline Express" service as they would be required to use radios and headphones to receive the broadcast. In addition, KCRC's partner in the "Newsline Express" service is not ready to provide news programmes equipped with captions for broadcast in the mute mode. KCRC is now liaising with its partner on the way forward in this regard. Yet since complicated technical and operational aspects are involved, further studies on this issue would be required.

KCRC understands the different needs of passengers and therefore provides Quiet Cars/Quiet Zones on trains to cater for their needs. For East Rail which is served with 12-car trains, two cars are dedicated to be Quiet Cars, and one section of the First Class Compartment is dedicated to be Quiet Zone. For West Rail and Ma On Shan Rail which are served with 7-car and 4-car trains respectively, one car is dedicated to be the Quiet Car. KCRC said that it had considered passengers' comments in making the arrangements of Quiet Cars/Zones. According to a survey conducted by KCRC in 2004 where over 2 000 passengers were interviewed, over 70 per cent thereof indicated that they were "interested" or "very interested" in the programme. Less than 20 per cent of the interviewees indicated that they preferred to travel in a Quiet Zone.

Since the "Newsline Express" service has just commenced, KCRC does not have its revenue figures at this early stage. According to KCRC, all profits generated by the "Newsline Express" will be included as non-fare revenue to benefit passengers by improving the railway services.

"*" : The "Newsline Express" service was put on trial on some trains in July 2005 but the service was not yet fully introduced in the same month.
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