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Old November 26th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #1141
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MTR Press Release
23 November 2005
Gateway Concept of MTR Tung Chung Station Development Wins Planning Award

MTR Corporation has been awarded a Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Certificate of Merit for the Master Layout Plan for Tung Chung Station Comprehensive Development Area in the HKIP Awards for 2005.

The Tung Chung Station Development now forms an integral part of Tung Chung New Town and stands as the gateway to Hong Kong for travellers flying into the nearby international airport. It comprises high-rise and low-rise housing, offices, retail space and hotel facilities covering a total area of 21.7 hectares, linked up by an elevated walkway system for pedestrians.

The HKIP Awards Panel praised the scheme as a well-articulated project, noting the ‘gateway’ concept, the priority accorded to pedestrians and the integration with the MTR system. The scheme also strived to address the environmental and spatial constraints imposed by the strategic highway to the airport.

“It is very encouraging that our effort to fully integrate property development with railway construction to build new communities for sustainable living has been recognized,” said Steve Yiu, Chief Manager – Town Planning of MTR Corporation.

“We will continue to apply this successful integrated development model in Hong Kong and in cities in the Mainland to create communities of high quality city living along new railway lines,” he added.

The Corporation’s master plan for a rail-based and pedestrian community in Tung Chung was approved by Government in 1994 and continuously improved as the design and development progressed.

The vision of promoting convenient living with full amenities and facilities, an environmentally friendly and economically active town and a spacious and healthy living environment was gradually realized, as visitors to the largely completed project can see.

The HKIP Awards have been given annually since 1993 in recognition of outstanding achievements in town planning.
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Old November 27th, 2005, 06:13 AM   #1142
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Accused arsonist is removed from court
Man facing MTR fire charges disrupts trial

25 November 2005
South China Morning Post

An unemployed man accused of starting a fire on a MTR train was forcibly removed from a courtroom three times yesterday after he disrupted the proceedings with frequent outbursts.

The trial judge told the Court of First Instance jury he was considering putting Yim Kam-chung in a separate room with video links to the court room so that the trial could continue without disturbance.

Yim, 68, who has pleaded not guilty to arson and is representing himself without a lawyer, protested repeatedly that he was being treated unfairly.

Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun had to speak through a microphone linked to an amplifier so that he could be heard over Yim's interruptions.

Yim refused to be quiet or leave the court room and he was carried out three times by two Correctional Service Department officers but brought back each time.

Yim claimed the jury selection was unfair because he was denied the opportunity to examine the cards drawn by a law clerk in picking jurors. Prosecutor Arthur Luk SC told the jury that a fire broke out about 9am on January 5 last year in the first carriage of a MTR train shortly after it left the Tsim Sha Tsui station for Admiralty station.

Passengers in the first carriage scrambled to the second carriage.

No one was injured or killed in the fire. The flames were put out when the train arrived at the Admiralty station.

Yim was arrested after the Correctional Services Department received a letter the following day containing details of the alleged arson attack.

Yim told police under caution he was the arsonist, Mr Luk said.

"Since the government confiscated six of my vehicles, I decided to cause a tragedy at the Admiralty MTR station," Yim said.

Mr Luk said Yim was pointed out by two witnesses at an identification parade.

The trial continues today.
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Old November 27th, 2005, 06:15 AM   #1143
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Old November 29th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #1144
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MTRC offers developers premium aid

MTR Corp, which is seeking developers for its housing project atop Tseung Kwan O station, is offering to lend half the estimated HK$7 billion land premium for the site to boost interest.

Raymond Wang
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, November 29, 2005



MTR Corp, which is seeking developers for its housing project atop Tseung Kwan O station, is offering to lend half the estimated HK$7 billion land premium for the site to boost interest.

Government-controlled subway operator MTRC has set a Friday deadline for "expressions of interest" in the HK$15 billion Dream City Phase 2, which will include 4,272 apartments in 10 towers, with a potential gross floor area of 3.33 million square feet. Tenders will then be sought and a winning bid is expected to be chosen early next year, the company said.

Nine shortlisted companies lost interest in a similar project by Kowloon- Canton Railway Corp last week, when a higher-than-expected land premium of HK$3,600 per square foot left only one tender, from Cheung Kong (Holdings), for the development above West Rail's Tuen Mun station. Developers are required to pay the premium to convert the site's land use. The Dream City Phase 2 land premium may be as much as HK$7 billion, according to Centaline Surveyors senior associate director James Cheung, or at HK$2,000 psf an almost 30 percent increase on the HK$1,540 psf first-phase premium paid early this year by Cheung Kong. Phase 2 construction and other costs could come to about HK$8 billion, he said.

The winning Phase 2 bidder will be paid half the land premium cost, which the developer is required to repay without interest, the subway operator said. Details will depend on the premium asked by the government next month.

Small developers may shy away from the Tseung Kwan O project given its scale, which is more affordable for larger competitors such as Cheung Kong, Henderson Land and Sun Hung Kai Properties, Cheung said.

When completed in about 10 years, Dream City will have 50 towers and 21,500 apartments. In January, Cheung Kong won rights to the estimated HK$5 billion first phase development, including land premium and construction cost, involving 2,096 flats in five towers and scheduled for sale by 2008-09.

MTRC shares rose 0.64 percent Monday to close at HK$15.70.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 01:57 AM   #1145
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So when is the TKO South station going to be open?
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Old November 29th, 2005, 12:15 PM   #1146
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So when is the TKO South station going to be open?
Not anytime soon, maybe at least two or three years the fastest. Also, Tseung Kwan O South station area will be like Telford & Kowloon station style combined (at least that is the looks which I am expecting to see).
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Old November 29th, 2005, 05:04 PM   #1147
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Lawmakers step up drive for new MTR island lines
Wendy Leung
29 November 2005
Hong Kong Standard

Legislators have urged the government to help fund MTR lines through western and southern Hong Kong Island to serve the area's residents and to ensure the success of Ocean Park's planned HK$5.55 billion overhaul.

But the government said it has not decided whether the MTR network should be extended to the relatively sparsely populated region although Ocean Park officials insist it will be fundamental to the redevelopment project's success.

``How can the government build a Disney resort line to serve just one theme park and yet refuse to do the same for an entire district?'' Democratic Party chairman Lee Wing-tat asked at a Legislative Council economic panel meeting Monday to discuss funding for the Aberdeen park's redevelopment. ``It's unfair to the residents.''

The Executive Council last week gave the go-ahead for a five-year overhaul of Ocean Park, which pulled in a record number of visitors and profits this past fiscal year.

The MTR Corp estimates that for lines covering the southern and western districts of the island to be financially feasible, nearly half of the funding for the construction will need to come from the public purse.

Generally, the government funds MTR construction though land grants to the company. But to help finance the HK$2 billion Disneyland Resort line, the government waived its right to HK$798 million in dividends from the MTR _ a publicly-listed company that is majority owned by the city.

Deputy Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works Thomas Chow said Monday the government still needs to review the overall development of the area and that Ocean Park is only one of the factors to be taken into consideration.

``Is the MTR the best choice for us?'' asked Chow. ``We still need to deliberate further.''

He said the government will make a final decision in the spring _ something the MTR Corp found to be confusing.

``It [the government] had said earlier it would decide by the end of this year,'' MTR spokeswoman Daphne Mak said.

Besides Ocean Park, the government has slated the island's south coast for other tourism projects, including new hotels and a fishermen's wharf.

``There'll be a heavy traffic load for southern Hong Kong Island,'' warned Yeung Sum, who supports paying for new rail lines to the district.

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman, the leading architect of the attraction's redevelopment, asked the legislators to `` please push the government on this.''

Last year, the MTRC proposed building two lines to hook the south and west of the island into the mass transport rail network at a cost of HK$15 billion. The plan has since changed, but the company will not release updated estimates.

One line will go from Admiralty to South Horizons that will pass Ocean Park before linking up at Wong Chuk Hang with the south island west line.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 08:35 PM   #1149
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Face to face with accused MTR arsonist
29 November 2005
South China Morning Post

An MTR passenger recalled yesterday how he had been little more than a metre away when he caught a glimpse of the man accused of starting a fire on a train.

Fung Kwong-chung, an engineer travelling on the Admiralty-bound train, said he saw the right side of the man's face for one second in the crowded train after another passenger had yelled at the man not to ignite a bottle.

"I was only one and a half feet away from him," Mr Fung told the Court of First Instance. He identified the man as Yim Kam-chung, who is accused of starting the fire on January 5 last year shortly after the train left Tsim Sha Tsui.

Yim, who has pleaded not guilty to arson, is representing himself.

Mr Fung said after the first carriage became engulfed in fire and thick smoke, he and other passengers scrambled to carriages further away. He said the carriage was so noisy he could hardly hear announcements by the train's driver.

Kwai Sze-kit, another passenger, told the court last Friday that he saw Yim using a lighter to ignite a bottle wrapped in a towel. He said he immediately shouted at him not to light a fire. He also tried to extinguish the burning bottle by stepping on it, to no avail.

Mr Fung said he offered police his assistance with the investigation and attended identity parades the next day and on January 7. On the second occasion he identified Yim.

No one was injured in the blaze, which was put out at Admiralty.

Yim was arrested after the Correctional Service Department received a letter the following day containing details of the alleged arson attack. He told police under caution he was the arsonist.

Detective Chief Inspector Lau Tat-keung told the jury he immediately sent a team of plain-clothes police officers to Admiralty MTR station upon learning of the fire. He also asked the accident and emergency units of public hospitals to be on the lookout for patients with burns who could not explain their injuries.

The case continues today before Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #1150
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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:45 PM   #1151
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Old December 1st, 2005, 01:36 AM   #1152
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Thats quite interesting.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 07:32 AM   #1153
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Old December 1st, 2005, 09:57 AM   #1154
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Is there a system map available so we can see how it connects to the airport and HK island?
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Old December 1st, 2005, 01:46 PM   #1155
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I've just noticed, 'Cable Car opening 2006'.

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Yea, MTR is building it themselves I believe. The structure is already done, they just need to put the cables in.
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I've just noticed, 'Cable Car opening 2006'.

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There's a thread about the Ngong Ping cable car here :
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Old December 2nd, 2005, 03:43 AM   #1159
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MTR chief says future lies offshore - Returns seen balancing stagnant, controlled market at home
30 November 2005
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After 27 years with the company, outgoing MTR Corp managing director Phil Gaffney has told the corporation the future for its international investments lies on the mainland and in Europe.

One of the architects of the subway service who joined the company in 1977 as a signalling engineer, Mr Gaffney said a balanced strategy in its international investments would allow the partially privatised corporation to ride out a stagnant home market.

He said the stagnant market for MTR in Hong Kong had been caused by political roadblocks to raising fares and expanding the network and the demise of the rail-plus-property model which foundered during the property slump between 1998 and last year.

However, in China the MTR has tried to replicate the model, playing investor and operator.

He said in Europe the MTR would instead be a manager of railways.

"The nature of opportunities in Europe is more about operating franchises with shorter-term contracts - say five to seven years. Thus projects involve limited capital expenditure and offer a quite tight operating margin," he said.

"In China, our approach is very different {hellip} heavy in capital investments and assets."

With a 100 per cent stake, the corporation is investing six billion yuan in a subway project in Shenzhen, its biggest overseas investment so far. It will be a test case of its rail-and-property model, using profits from property development along subway lines to recover the hefty investment on rail infrastructure.

Mr Gaffney said he was not concerned about the viability of the business model across the border, saying he believed the key challenge would be the transfer of experience and know-how.

The MTR, however, faces further uncertainty over a possible merger with the government-owned Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp.

"I have no regrets about leaving before a decision has been made because [MTR chief executive Chow Chung-kong] and his team will work out a deal to the benefit of the company, minority shareholders, passengers and staff," he said.

Nevertheless, he could not hide his disillusionment at the MTR's ill-fated bid for the Sha Tin-Central rail link. "It is a big disappointment to me even now," he said, pointing to the idled platforms at Sheung Wan MTR terminus previously reserved for the rail project.

The rail line, which the government awarded to the KCRC in 2003 despite the fact it had been on the MTR drawing boards since the 1980s, is still up in the air pending a government decision on the rail merger.

Mr Gaffney, who plans to settle in Ireland as a non-executive director of state-owned Irish Railways, will retain an advisory role on MTR's European developments.

The managing director's role at MTR will be split into two, with Hong Kong operations to be overseen by his deputy Andrew McCusker and Francois Lung Ka-kui as MTR's China and international business director.
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