24 July 2001
KCRC awards contract for Light Rail signalling system
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced the award of a HK$237 million contract to install a new signalling system for the Light Rail network.
Contract DB-2040, Light Rail Signalling, was awarded to Siemens Limited for the design, supply and installation of a new Light Rail signalling system in two phases. Phase 1 of the works will involve the installation of the system for the two new Light Rail extensions in Tin Shui Wai, at a total length of 4.4 kilometres, which is targeted for completion by the end of 2003. Phase 2 of the works will involve the replacement of the signalling system in the existing 32 kilometres Light Rail network. The whole project is expected to be completed by the end of 2005.
When completed, the Light Rail signalling system will be more reliable and easier to maintain due to the use of proven, state-of-the-art technology. Operational efficiency will also be enhanced because of the system’s improved ability to process extensive signalling information.
This signalling system will also include a provision for a new Passenger Information Display System (PIDS) at Light Rail termini and stops. With the PIDS, passengers will be able to receive more train service information at Light Rail platforms, such as the arrival time of the next light rail train and the scheduled departure time of trains at termini.
A KCRC spokesman said the contract was awarded through tendering procedures in compliance with World Trade Organization requirements.
The above contract is the third batch of works contracts awarded for the Light Rail extension and grade separation project, which involves a total investment of about HK$2.3 billion. Works for the project commenced in early 2001 and are targeted for completion by the end of 2003 before the commissioning of West Rail, Phase I.