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Old December 5th, 2019, 02:47 AM   #181
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Cross-harbour section of Hong Kong’s most expensive rail project delayed further, with MTR Corporation blaming radicals for vandalism of East Rail line
Dec 4, 2019
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The cross-harbour section of Hong Kong’s most expensive rail project will be further delayed until the first quarter of 2022 as vandalism of another line by radical protesters has hindered work, according to the city’s embattled MTR Corporation.

In a Legislative Council paper issued on Wednesday, the rail giant estimated the Hung Hom-Admiralty section of the scandal-hit Sha Tin-Central rail link would be delayed from the previously revised fourth quarter of 2021.

The MTR Corp said the further delay was caused by persistent vandalism to facilities on the East Rail line – which serves part of the HK$99.1 billion link – during the months-long anti-government protests.

“Since October, East Rail line facilities have been damaged repeatedly, resulting in the cancellation of the rail link’s construction during non-service hours. Because of this, our project team has been unable to conduct scheduled tests on the East Rail line’s new signalling system,” it said, adding that it also hindered railway connection work and the replacement of trains.

“The MTR Corp estimates that the Hung Hom-Admiralty section’s opening will need to be delayed to the first quarter of 2022.”

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Old December 6th, 2019, 03:07 PM   #182
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Frank Chan blames new MTR link delay on protest damage
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Dec 6, 2019

Transport Secretary Frank Chan has blamed anti-government protesters for an expected further delay to the full opening of the MTR’s new Shatin-Central Link.

Speaking at a Legco railways subcommittee meeting, the MTR Corporation said due to widespread damage to the East Rail Line, in particular University Station, the opening of the Hung Hom-Admiralty section of the future link will be further delayed from the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022.

As for the partial commissioning of the first part of the link – from Tai Wai to Kai Tak – the firm said this section is now undergoing trial runs and it hopes to open it in the first quarter of 2020. The original target of mid-2019 was pushed back by construction delays.

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Old December 15th, 2019, 06:00 PM   #183
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Old January 3rd, 2020, 03:40 PM   #184
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Experts clash in MTR inquiry
3 January 2020
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Experts for Leighton Asia and MTR Corp disagreed with a government expert on safety requirements used in the Shatin to Central rail link project, a commission of inquiry heard yesterday on resumption after a three-month break.

Ian Pennicott, a lawyer for the commission, said four experts took part in a video conference last month and there was a big discrepancy in opinions over safety requirements for steel bars used in the construction.

He quoted three structural expert witnesses - Nick Southward, Mike Glover and Don McQuillan - as saying that as long as the steel bars' twisted teeth were screwed into the cap at least seven rounds, or around 3.2 centimeters, safety demands can be met.

But government expert Lau Chi-wang said the two parts need to be fully connected.

Another dispute was regarding shear links, with three foreign experts saying the links used in the construction were enough.

But Lau said there were spots that required shear links to be reinforced but none were installed.

All the foreign expert witnesses agreed that there were manual problems with the train parking area and the north-south connection tunnel project, but there was no need to add shear links.

Lau disagreed, saying adding shear links is necessary.

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Old January 12th, 2020, 03:32 PM   #185
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Train watchers say new MTR line opening soon
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Jan 8, 2020

The MTR Corp is gearing up for the launch of the first phase of the Tuen Ma Line in the first quarter, with sources saying service may start in the middle of next month.

Facebook page Riders, a group founded for "railway enthusiasts," quoted sources as saying trial runs had resumed on Monday and are expected to finish in six weeks.

For the first three weeks, trains on the Ma On Shan Line from the afternoon peak hours to the end of service will head farther to Kai Tak station to take a U-turn after unloading passengers at Tai Wai station, the Facebook page wrote.

Three weeks later all trains will take the U-turn at Kai Tak station to test the timetable, which will last for another three weeks, so it can be estimated that the Tuen Ma Line will be launched after the Lunar New Year.

"If the trials go smoothly, the line should be ready for opening in mid-February," Riders estimated.

The page quoted sources as saying the MTRC ended services early at the end of last year, resulting in trials scheduled between late November and mid-January being delayed.

In response to an inquiry, a spokeswoman for the rail operator said the first phase of Tuen Ma Line is currently undergoing trial operation. The operation tests for different systems, including railways, train services, and station facilities, will be carried out gradually. And staff will prepare for the opening, she said.

"The first phase of the Tuen Ma Line is expected to be launched in the first quarter as scheduled and the opening date is yet to be confirmed," she said.

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Mind the crowd, says MTR ahead of new service
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Feb 12, 2020

The biggest mass transit operator in Hong Kong is all set to unveil their latest addition to their network, but people are being urged not to rush in to join the debut trip of the new Tuen Ma rail line on Friday.

MTR Corporation said people should beware of their personal hygiene and avoid crowded places amid the coronavirus outbreak in the city.

Trains of the line, formerly known as the Shatin-Central link, will run between Tai Wai, Hin Keng, Diamond Hill and Kai Tak for the time being.

It extends from the current Ma On Shan line and will eventually be connected to the West Rail line as the construction scandal at Hung Hom station delayed the opening of several other new stations.

Speaking to reporters, a MTR’s general manager Alan Cheng said the new line will make it more convenient for passengers to travel between Kowloon East and Northeast New Territories.

He said it will only take nine minutes to go to Diamond Hill from Tai Wai, eight minutes quicker than transferring in Kowloon Tong.

"Passengers from the East Rail line and the Ma On Shan line going to the eastern part of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island will be benefit. They will have a shorter journey time. I think this group of people will choose to change to Tuen Ma line in Tai Wai station," he said.

The construction scare at Hung Hom, where steel reinforcement bars weren't fitted correctly, has led to a serious delay, with trains between there and Kai Tak not expected to start running until late next year – more than two years later than originally scheduled.

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Old February 14th, 2020, 04:14 AM   #189
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MTR opens phase one of the Tuen Ma Line
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The MTR has opened part of the new Shatin link with a special train leaving Kai Tak for Wu Kai Sha at 5.45 am on Friday.

For the time being the new line - known as phase one of the new Tuen Ma Line - will run between Kai Tak, Diamond Hill, Hin Keng and Tai Wai, where it joins the existing Ma On Shan Line.

The rail operator says this new extended section of the Ma On Shan line will make it more convenient for passengers to travel between Kowloon East and North-East New Territories.

Phase 2 of Tuen Ma Line will run from Kai Tak to Hung Hom via Sung Wong Toi, To Kwa Wan and Ho Man Tin.

At Hung Hom, it will link up with the West Rail Line which runs between Hung Hom and Tuen Mun. Its opening has been delayed by more than two years until late next year because of a shoddy construction scare at Hung Hom Station.

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Cheers amid the gloom as railway fans flock to opening of new MTR line
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Feb 14, 2020

MTR enthusiasts found reason to celebrate yesterday, cheering and popping champagne at the *opening of the first part of the city's most expensive railway project.

More than 100 people queued outside the newly opened Kai Tak MTR station to board the *inaugural service on the Tuen Ma line phase 1, departing at 5.45am. The line is the first part of the HK$99.1 billion Sha Tin-Central link to launch since construction began in June 2012.

Train fans, some of whom *arrived as early as 11pm the *previous night to witness the *Valentine's Day opening, were handed a small box of chocolates, a purse and a free ticket.

They crowded the station with cheers and laughter, despite an earlier call by MTR Corporation general manager Alan Cheng Kwan-hing for residents not to rush to try the new service, given the outbreak of the coronavirus which causes newly named *disease Covid-19.

Blogger Ken Chan, 30, who brought the champagne, arrived at Kai Tak before 3am from Prince Edward. He said: "Today is one of the few happy days during the *recent social events. Why not play hard?"

Another fan, 45-year-old Terry Tang, joked that his first ride on the new line could be his last.

"It's likely that protesters might come to 'renovate' this place, and who knows if I'll *contract the [coronavirus] later?" he said.

MTR facilities have been *regular targets of vandals during anti-government unrest, which kicked off in June. The protesters accused the rail operator of siding with the government by suspending services during disturbances and colluding with police by *letting officers into stations.

Form Four student Creeper Lam, 14, arrived at the station at 11pm on Thursday. He had with him five smartphones to record videos of the journey - some in slow motion, others fast - which he would upload to his YouTube channel.

Asked whether he worried the stations would be *vandalised, he said: "I believe if the MTR does not do something unpleasant to *citizens, protesters will not vandalise the facilities on a whim."

The first phase of the Tuen Ma line, which connects Wu Kai Sha to Kai Tak through Tai Wai, Hin Keng and Diamond Hill, will shorten travel times between East Kowloon and the New Territories East, and intersect with the East Rail and Kwun Tong lines.

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