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Old July 18th, 2006, 02:46 AM   #1541
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Hong Kong's MTR Corp June passengers 69.81 mln vs 70.11 mln in May
17 July 2006
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HONG KONG (XFN-ASIA) - MTR Corp Ltd said it carried 69.81 mln passengers in June, down from 70.11 mln in May.

On an average weekday basis, MTR Corp carried 2.445 mln passengers in June, down slightly from 2.449 mln in May, according to figures published on the company's website.

The June figure for the MTR's average weekday passenger traffic covers the Tsuen Wan, Island, Kwun Tong, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O and Disneyland Resort Lines, according to the data.

Total monthly patronage of MTR and Airport Express Lines for June dropped by 0.28 pct compared to the same period last year, but no comparative figures were given.

The Airport Express carried 722,000 passengers in June, unchanged from May.

On an average daily basis, the Airport Express carried 24,100 people in June, against 23,300 in the preceding month.
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Old July 19th, 2006, 11:22 PM   #1542
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Just wondering, is MTR still proposing for the extension for the Kwun Tong line towards Ho Man Tin and Whampoa?

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Old July 20th, 2006, 02:22 AM   #1543
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If and when the two networks merge... how would they fit the map horizontally on existing M/K stock on their bulb next station displays....
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Old July 20th, 2006, 11:56 PM   #1544
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If and when the two networks merge... how would they fit the map horizontally on existing M/K stock on their bulb next station displays....
Yea, I would hope that they don't get rid of that display, it is extremely useful.
My opinion is that they'll keep it separate since both are still separate networks in terms of car type, displays, configuration...but will have to show a paper map of the entire network on the interior sides of the cars.
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Old July 21st, 2006, 02:22 AM   #1545
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I, too, would think they'll keep it separated. Just look at KCR East Rail trains. If I remember correctly, they don't have West Rail on their display. Can anyone confirm this?
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Old July 21st, 2006, 02:31 AM   #1546
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I, too, would think they'll keep it separated. Just look at KCR East Rail trains. If I remember correctly, they don't have West Rail on their display. Can anyone confirm this?
East Rail maps don't have West Rail routes.



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Old July 21st, 2006, 04:11 AM   #1547
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thanks, good, i did remember correctly!
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Old July 21st, 2006, 08:59 AM   #1548
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Yea, I would hope that they don't get rid of that display, it is extremely useful.
My opinion is that they'll keep it separate since both are still separate networks in terms of car type, displays, configuration...but will have to show a paper map of the entire network on the interior sides of the cars.
Well let's hope they make the merger quick and snappy..there's too much beaurecracy going on at the moment...
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Old July 24th, 2006, 04:06 PM   #1549
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Fat Pan (Chris Patten) visits West Rail!
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Old July 25th, 2006, 06:59 AM   #1550
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Old July 25th, 2006, 10:16 AM   #1551
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Old July 25th, 2006, 05:10 PM   #1552
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Chris Patten visits West Rail
Yep, I saw Fat Pan at Mei Foo on Sunday.
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Old July 29th, 2006, 09:07 AM   #1553
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RTHK news:
KCRC receives 4 bids for Tuen Mun project 2006-07-29 HKT 05:36

The KCRC has received four bids from property developers for a project above Tuen Mun station. It's the second time that the corporation has sought tenderers. In the first, only Cheung Kong submitted a bid.
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KCRC Press Release:
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Old August 1st, 2006, 07:07 PM   #1556
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Old August 3rd, 2006, 12:32 AM   #1557
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Sun Hung Kai leads in $7b West Rail bid
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3 August 2006
Hong Kong Standard

Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong's largest developer by market capitalization, is the frontrunner to win a tender for an estimated HK$7 billion housing project atop West Rail's Tuen Mun station, sources said.

Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, the government-owned railway operator, is shortlisting two developers for final consideration, with Sun Hung Kai Properties offering the best terms, followed by Henderson Land, the sources said Wednesday.

The other two bidders, Cheung Kong (Holdings) and K Wah International, are out of the running.

The tender is expected to be awarded in the third quarter.

The winning bid will be based mainly on the split of profits from flat sales, which will be 50-50 between KCRC and SHKP, the sources said.

The railway operator said it is examining the four tenders it received last Friday and plans to award the tender within two months.

A spokeswoman for SHKP said the company was not aware of the tender result. A Henderson Land spokeswoman said the company was awaiting news. Neither Cheung Kong nor K Wah returned calls.

Other active developers _ including Sino Land, New World Development, Wheelock & Company, Hang Lung Properties, Kerry Properties and Nan Fung Development _ did not join the fray, despite a reduced land premium offered by the government.

Friday's tender response was better than last year's tender exercise, when only Cheung Kong offered a firm bid for the project.

At the time, most developers felt the land premium of HK$3,600 per square foot was too much, prompting KCRC to shelve the initial tender in December.

KCRC relaunched tenders for the project after the government recently lowered the land premium by more than 30 percent to nearly HK$3.9 billion, or almost HK$2,500 per square foot, to reflect a recent softening of the residential market.

Midland Surveyors associate director Alvin Lam Tsz-pun said the revised land premium was reasonable. `

`But given the large scale of the project, which involves not only apartments but also a sizable shopping mall, some developers skipped the tender,'' he said.

Developers pay a premium to the government to change land use.

Developers estimate total investment of the Tuen Mun project at between HK$7 billion and HK$8 billion.

New residential projects in Tuen Mun, in the western New Territories, are selling for nearly HK$3,000 psf, real estate agents said. Midland Surveyors' Lam said the selling price for the Tuen Mun station housing project could be HK$3,500 to HK$4,000 psf, representing profit margins of about 20 percent.

The project will have a gross floor area of about 1.67 million square feet, comprising 1.29 million sqft for residential apartments, 269,000 sqft for a shopping mall, and 115,000 sqft for a permanent public transport interchange.

Slated to be completed by 2013, the proposal comprises seven residential buildings housing 1,924 apartments atop a retail podium.
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Old August 4th, 2006, 04:18 PM   #1558
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HK's Sun Hung Kai wins KCRC real estate project

HONG KONG, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Government-controlled Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp. said it had awarded a property development project above its West Rail station in the new town of Tuen Mun to Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. .

The contract was awarded to Sun Hung Kai Properties' wholly-owned Wetland Park Management Services Ltd, the railway operator said in a statement late on Thursday.

It gave no further financial details.

Last week, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp said it had received bids from Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd. , Henderson Land Development Co. Ltd. , K. Wah International Holdings Ltd. and Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd to develop the site into residential and commercial blocks.

KCRC retendered the project in July after it failed to attract enough bidders last November due to high land premium demanded by the government at the time.

A property consultant said the winner was expected to pay around HK$4 billion (US$513 million) to the government to change usage of the land this time in addition to construction costs, about 30 percent lower than last November.
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Old August 6th, 2006, 05:39 AM   #1559
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Halting of MTR defended amid air chaos
6 August 2006
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The MTR Corporation and the Airport Authority have defended the decision not to keep the Airport Express running overnight as thousands of passengers converged on Hong Kong early yesterday.

Passengers claimed the airport was in chaos after midnight following delays of at least two hours to clear customs and collect baggage, thus cutting out the option of catching the Airport Express into town.

The line closed promptly at 1am.

The claims came as Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo and former civil aviation boss Peter Lok Kung-nam demanded the authority fully explain why passengers were still experiencing problems more than 24 hours after Typhoon Prapiroon.

Bill Morrison waited more than two hours for his girlfriend, who had landed from Sydney at 11pm, to clear customs and collect her bags. The authority had stained the city's good name, he said.

With no trains and the bus and taxi queues swollen, the couple took a bus to Discovery Bay and then a ferry to Central, not getting home until almost 3am.

"But we could only do this because of local knowledge," he said. "I have no idea what tourists who had just arrived in the city did."

Mr Morrison, who has lived in Hong Kong for 38 years, said: "Hong Kong is known for its planning, but there was no planning for this, it was complete disorganisation. Why could they have not just left the Airport Express open?"

The authority and MTR Corp said they were in close contact yesterday morning, and the situation did not merit keeping trains running. "By midnight, the passenger peak had passed, and there are plenty of other transport options for passengers coming into Hong Kong after 1am," an authority spokesman said of the decision not to ask the MTR to keep open the train link.

"No MTR operations run for 24 hours and our information showed the airport was coping well. Those arriving after 1am can catch taxis or the 24-hour buses."

The airport was placed in a "difficult" situation and wanted to apologise to all those affected by the delays, the spokesman said.

An MTR Corp spokesman said even closing at 1am left little time for important track maintenance.

The airport chaos was no match for Jackie Chan's millions. The action star chartered his own jet to Manila on Friday for the launch of a chain of coffee stores with his brand, "Jackie Chan's Java Coffee", paying up to HK$5,000 an hour.
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Old August 6th, 2006, 05:58 AM   #1560
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Does the MTR really need to do track maintenance every night?!?! I do not understand why they could not extend the service for at least half hour;I wouldn't want to take the slower bus or taxi after midnight.
Is Jackie Chan earning or paying $5000 for the coffee chain. Will the stores be in HK as well?
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