16 October 2000
KCRC regrets DEP's decision
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today expressed regret that the Director of Environmental Protection has refused to issue an environmental permit for the construction of the Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line.
"This is bad news for the increasing number of passengers using the boundary crossing at Lo Wu, which averages 250,000 on weekdays and exceeds 300,000 on holidays.
"If nothing is done to relieve congestion by 2004, overcrowding will become a daily occurrence for Lo Wu-bound passengers at all East Rail stations.
"The Corporation remains convinced that the Long Valley alignment is the only route which strikes the right balance between impacting on local communities and wildlife, as well as engineering feasibility and railway safety.
"We are also confident that our comprehensive mitigation and compensation programme for the wetland will actually enhance the ecological value of Long Valley," a KCRC spokesman said.
"Obviously, we must study carefully DEP's reasons for rejection. We owe it to the public in general, and to KCR railway users in particular, to lodge an appeal to the Appeal Board under the EIA Ordinance, and we shall do so as soon and as vigorously as possible", the spokesman said.