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Old August 28th, 2013, 03:38 AM   #641
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Requiring workers take lunch inside tunnel is completely unacceptable, it shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to get out of the tunnel. OTOH the pay deduction for tardiness is not unreasonable, shift work depends on people showing up on time, tardiness should be punished to ensure order at the work site.
According to a local newspaper, those pay deduction rules imposed by the contractors are unlawful in Hong Kong. That may explain why they cancel them so quickly once those rules exposed to public.
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Old October 2nd, 2013, 05:01 PM   #642
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Old October 15th, 2013, 05:45 AM   #643
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:45 AM   #644
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Cracks spark concern over railway safety


Cracks can be seen in a platform at the bottom of a pier along the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway in a photo taken last week. Media reports have recently said crevices large enough to hold an adult have appeared at the bottom of three piers on a section of the express rail line in Shenzhen. Railway authorities responded by saying that the temporary platforms are not weight-bearing parts of the piers and will be dismantled after construction of the piers is finished. Service on the 102-km high-speed railway between Shenzhen and Guangzhou started in 2011, while the section between Shenzhen and Hong Kong is scheduled to open in 2015. China News Service



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Old December 2nd, 2013, 01:31 PM   #645
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This station is going to be crowded with mainland shoppers considering its proximity with Harbour City. I wonder if the customs will be inside the station, or do passengers clear immigration at the boarder? If the former I wonder if they can setup duty free shops inside the station much like in an airport.
They were looking into the possibility of connecting Harbor city and the West Kowloon via underground waklways or an elevated walkway along Canton Rd. Does anyone have an update on that? It would seem to be beneficial .

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Old December 4th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #646
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A closer alternative will be Elements, which hosts the same range of luxury shops as the Harbour City area. It is right next to the HSR station and has been open for a few years already.
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Old December 4th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #647
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Old December 10th, 2013, 02:11 PM   #648
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First high-speed train for HK assembled
8 November 2013
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A train for Hong Kong's first high-speed rail rolled off the assembly line on Nov 7 in East China's coastal city of Qingdao, Shandong province.

Manufactured by Sifang Co Ltd, a subsidiary of China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Industry Corporation, the train is based on CSR's CRH380A model and customized according to the requirements of Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway.

CSR and MTR signed a deal for nine high-speed trains in March 2012. The other eight trains will be delivered by the end of 2014.

Each train has eight compartments and can run at a speed of 350 kph, according to Tao Guidong, senior engineer with CSR.

The rail line, which is expected to enter service in 2015, will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, shortening the travel time to less than 48 minutes, Tao said.
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Old December 10th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #649
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Each train has eight compartments and can run at a speed of 350 kph, according to Tao Guidong, senior engineer with CSR.

The rail line, which is expected to enter service in 2015, will link Hong Kong and Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, shortening the travel time to less than 48 minutes, Tao said.
How many cars does each train have?
And how many compartments go in one car?
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Old December 11th, 2013, 10:58 AM   #650
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A closer alternative will be Elements, which hosts the same range of luxury shops as the Harbour City area. It is right next to the HSR station and has been open for a few years already.
The government has already done a feasibilty plan on connecting Tsim Sha Shui to the HSR station via underground walkway through the China Terminal building. However it would have to wait until the part of the cultural center between those two areas is completed in 2015. The value of Harbor city would increase and it would be an alternative way for the streams of visitors from the terminal to exit the area, the same thinking is behind the proposed underground walkway to Nathan RD from Austin MTR to Jordan MTR. Ten thousand commuters can't be put out onto the surrounding streets at ground level for obvious reasons.

The issue is whether the government has approved the masterplan for the walkway system and the proposed underground shopping area under the WKCD which would effectively connect the HSR, two MTRs, WKCD and Harbor City?

Planned retail space is for the anticipated extra demand generated by incoming HSR arrivals from the Mainland whereby they could disembark then walk into the shopping district directly.
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Old December 15th, 2013, 06:25 AM   #652
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Old December 15th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #653
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What's development is above Austin station?
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Old December 16th, 2013, 06:00 AM   #654
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What's development is above Austin station?
Its called "The Austin"
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Futian aiming for high-speed rail hub in ’14

SEHNZHEN residents likely will be able to access high-speed trains to Guangzhou in downtown Futian District by the end of 2014, after the city opens a massive underground station that will serve five Metro lines and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Railway, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported yesterday.
Construction of 37 kilometers of the railway’s 48-kilometer Shenzhen section has been completed, rail authorities said, and construction of the section between Shenzhen and West Kowloon in Hong Kong is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.
The comprehensive transportation hub located under Yitian Road in the Futian CBD has a planned construction area equivalent to 192 soccer fields and could be the biggest of its kind in Asia when completed. It will have three underground stories, with the first story a transfer hall, the second for Metro operation and the third for the high-speed rail line.
Shenzhen currently has 178 kilometers of rail transportation in operation, ranking fourth among Chinese cities.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 01:52 PM   #656
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So Hong King will be connected high speed with Shenzen ?
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Thus the Beijing HK journey would take how long?
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So Hong King will be connected high speed with Shenzen ?
Yes, via Futian and Shenzhen North stations
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Thus the Beijing HK journey would take how long?
Unknown.

It is now possible to travel from Beijing to Guangzhou in 7:59. G79 makes 4 intermediate stops (Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha).
It also is now possible to reach Shenzhen North 32 minutes after Guangzhou South. G77 travels Wuhan-Guangzhou with a single stop (Changsha) - then leaves Guangzhou South 3 minutes after arrival, and arrives in Shenzhen North 29 minutes after leaving Guangzhou.
It should be possible to travel Beijing to Shenzhen North in 8:31.

Should be but is not.
The only G train Beijing-Shenzhen takes 10:16. G71 is the slowest G train Beijing-Guangzhou, taking 9:38 rather than 7:59, and making 14 stops rather than 4. Then it stops in Guangzhou for 9 minutes before proceeding to Shenzhen.

So how many trains shall run Beijing-Hong Kong, and what shall the fastest time be?
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MTR condemned over rail works accidents
4 January 2014
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Lawmakers have hit out at the MTR Corporation after a dramatic increase in the number of accidents during the construction of the high-speed railway to Guangzhou, including the deaths of two workers.

Some 100 accidents were reported on the line between May and November last year, two of them fatal. By contrast, between the start of construction in 2010 and April last year there were 147 accidents, of which one was fatal.

Members of the Legislative Council’s subcommittee on railways asked whether the rush to complete the controversial rail line had led to the increase.

“Why was there a sharp rise in accidents?” asked subcommittee chairman Michael Tien Puk-sun. “Was it because of the rush to meet deadline or not having enough trained workers?”

Maggie So Man-kit, MTR’s deputy general manager for projects and property, said the rise in accidents reflected the amount of work being done. She said the construction was now entering a phase where work had to be done simultaneously at multiple locations.

“The number of accidents has gone up, but the average accident rate stays the same,” So said.

The line has proved controversial for its HK$66.9 billion cost – making it the most expensive railway by length of track in the world – and the destruction of a village in Yuen Long to make way for a depot.

The head of the Association for the Rights of Industrial Accident Victims, Chan Kam-hong, also condemned the MTR for paying “lip-service” to safety at the launch of a campaign yesterday. The group is urging construction workers to anonymously report unsafe conditions.
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