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Old September 23rd, 2019, 05:25 PM   #1521
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Express rail yet to hit projected passenger target
Sep 23, 2019
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One year after the express rail link connecting Hong Kong to the mainland came into being, authorities have revealed that passenger numbers have fallen way short of what they initially projected.

The HK$84.4 billion high-speed rail link started operating on September 23 last year, with the SAR government estimating an average patronage of around 80,000 people a day.

But as of August 2019, the average number of passengers taking the link each weekday was just over slightly half that target at 45,000.

It added that the average usage is more on weekends, about 62,000; and the figure was about 2,000 higher in June.

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Old September 26th, 2019, 08:42 AM   #1522
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Sep 26, 2019
MTR ridership figures plunge by as much as 30 per cent in August amid Hong Kong protest crisis

Hong Kong’s embattled rail giant has become one of the major casualties of the protest crisis, with a drop of up to 30 per cent in patronage in August.

According to latest numbers from the MTR Corporation, domestic ridership was 131 million for the month, 7 per cent down year on year while figures from the Airport Express plunged by 10 per cent over the same period to 1.3 million.

The high-speed rail link to mainland China was the hardest hit, with traveller numbers tumbling 30 per cent from 1.62 million in July to 1.14 million in August – the lowest since its debut in September last year.

The trend was also reflected in other cross-border MTR services in August, with passenger numbers falling 25 per cent to under 8 million, while average daily ridership on such lines, at 257,000, marked the lowest point in nearly a decade.

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Old October 15th, 2019, 04:00 AM   #1523
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Oct 6, 2019
Architect of Hong Kong’s high-speed rail terminus West Kowloon Station on his award-winning creation

A sweeping stairway curves up towards the Hong Kong skyline, marked by bold geometric forms, abundant gardens and people congregating on the stairs. The path leads up to a plaza with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour.

This is the arching rooftop walkway on West Kowloon Station, designed by architect firm Aedas’ Hong Kong-based global design principal, Andrew Bromberg, as a place for social connection and greenery in the city.

That image takes pride of place on the website of the architect, an American born in Denver, Colorado, who has lived in Hong Kong for almost 20 years yet for whom the year-old high-speed-rail terminus was his first major project in a city he loves for both its nature and urban vibrancy.

Bromberg’s philosophy of human sustainability – “people’s well-being in the public realm” – dominated the near decade-long design process, he says.

The 51-year-old architect emphasises the ways in which the project “maximises civic gestures” inside and out, with a design aimed at drawing people into the urban fabric of Hong Kong. At 400,000 square metres (4.3 million square feet), it is also one of the world’s largest underground train hubs.

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Old October 22nd, 2019, 10:14 PM   #1524
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Rail passengers hit as protests compound signal failure
21 October 2019
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It was double trouble for Hong Kong's high-speed rail link *yesterday as several cross-border trains were cancelled because of signal failure, while enhanced security during another weekend of protests made even getting to the terminus difficult.

The MTR Corp said it had to cancel 30 short-haul cross-border trains - about 15 per cent of its scheduled 190 - after a signal problem on a section of track near its West Kowloon terminus at about 11am.

An MTR spokeswoman said the rail giant arranged for affected passengers to find other ways to complete their journey.

"Our maintenance staff are still working on the repair works and investigating the cause of the outage. Our initial understanding is the signal failure was caused by equipment faults," she said.

The commuter chaos was made worse just after 1pm when an illegal march involving *thousands of protesters set off from Salisbury Garden in Tsim Sha Tsui to the West Kowloon *terminus.

By that time, the railway *station had increased its security arrangements and only passengers who had already bought *tickets were allowed to enter, while a few police officers guarded the entrance.

This forced many travellers hoping to go to the mainland to head for the slower cross-border trains at Hung Hom station, but even that alternative journey was made arduous with the closures of the nearby Austin and Tsim Sha Tsui MTR stations and lines.

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Taking high speed train to Hong Kong from Futian China. These are the 1st class seats which happens to be the 2nd cheapest of the 4 options by anilegna, on Flickr
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Amid protest closures, use of Hong Kong’s MTR network is down by a quarter
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Nov 21, 2019

Hong Kong’s embattled rail operator continued to shed customers in October, with ridership figures tumbling as metro stations closed early for most of the month in the face of political unrest and vandalism by radical protesters.

According to latest figures from the MTR Corporation, domestic ridership was just over 108 million for October, down 25.5 per cent on October last year and a new low since April 2012.

Former rail boss Michael Tien Puk-sun predicted the figures could signal a big drop in profits for the year at the majority-government-owned company.

The Airport Express recorded the biggest drop in customer numbers, its patronage figures for the month plunging by 43 per cent year on year to 916,000.

The high-speed rail link to Guangzhou was the second-hardest hit, traveller numbers tumbling 35 per cent from a year ago, to 1.06 million. But that figure was 14 per cent up on September’s 936,000, the lowest monthly figure since the link’s debut a year ago.

The downward trend was also evident on other cross-border MTR services, passenger numbers for October falling 26 per cent to 7.18 million from a year ago.

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So this person was arrested on Hong Kong soil at West Kowloon station and sent back to Shenzhen for alleged torture. The concerns raised when the co-immigration scheme was proposed have materialized.

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World's largest below-grade rail terminus
7 Nov 2019

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas recognized at LEAF Awards 2019

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station has been awarded Best Public Building Project at LEAF Awards 2019 as well as being shortlisted for Best Achievement in Environmental Performance Project.

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, designed by Andrew Bromberg, is one of the largest below-grade rail terminuses in the world. It sits adjacent to Victoria Harbour and serves as a gateway to Hong Kong and as a terminus to the high speed rail network of Mainland China. The inspiration for the design came from the converging forces on Hong Kong such as wind, traffic, tracks and pedestrian flows coming into the station. Many of the details were given to the architectural layering and orientation, such as the station entrance being placed in the south-west corner that provides more frontage and value to the commercial areas. This gives it better views of the harbour and eases access, making efficient use of the land and floor area resources and adapting to the urban reality of Hong Kong.

Andrew uses his design to maximise civic gestures both internally and externally. The main interior is 180m long with an average width of 65m and a maximum height of 45m, as well as a huge 20m-below ground central void at the heart of the station. Large tree-like column-bundles are used to support the roof that lift up the 4,000 panes of glass. This design effectively fills the station with light and allows millions of passengers to catch a glimpse of the city towers from the lower levels of the station. The walkable roof top that features hundreds of shrubs and trees native to Hong Kong creates six hectares of accessible open space in the densest urban realm in the world. It has become an integral part of Hong Kong and has profoundly transformed how people in the city interact.

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