10 November 2001
Walkalong West Rail for Light raises $3 million for Lifeline Express
 
About $3 million has been raised in today’s Walkalong West Rail for Light, a charity walk jointly organised by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the Lifeline Express. This was the second year in a row the walk has been held.
As was the case last year, the walk was held to raise funds for the Lifeline Express hospital trains, which provide free medical care to people suffering from cataracts in remote parts of the Mainland.
About 3,000 people from 25 organisations participated in the 5km walk. This year, they were able to enjoy the unique experience of following the West Rail alignment from Kam Sheung Road Station and part way into the Tai Lam Tunnel before turning back to the starting point.
The walk was officiated by the Chief Executive Mr Tung Chee Hwa, who was also the officiating guest at last year’s Walkalong for Light. Also at the grand starting ceremony were Chairman of Lifeline Express, Mrs Nellie Fong, and KCRC Chairman and Chief Executive, Mr K Y Yeung.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Yeung said, "Last year, we held the first Walkalong for Light with Lifeline Express and it was a great success. This year we were invited by Chairman of Lifeline Express Mrs Nellie Fong to do it again and have selected a section of the West Rail alignment as the walk route."
"The route takes in a variety of features of West Rail. You are now at Kam Sheung Road Station, one of the stations of West Rail. As you walk along the route, you will be able to see the West Rail Maintenance Centre, the viaduct, and the Tai Lam Tunnel, all of which are well under construction," he said.
"Today’s walkathon offers you the valuable opportunity to see West Rail, which is currently the largest infrastructure project in Hong Kong, and also to participate in a good cause," he said.
He pointed out that West Rail commenced construction in October 1998 and has made significant progress since then. Works on the tunnels are now 99% complete, the viaducts 91% complete and civil construction works 87% complete.
Mr Yeung said, "Based on the progress achieved to date, I am very confident that West Rail will be able to come into operation ahead of its target opening date of December 2003, providing a fast, state-of-the-art railway service to the people of Hong Kong. Upon its completion, the journey time from Tuen Mun to Kowloon West will only take 30 minutes."
 
Chief Executive Mr Tung Chee Hwa, Chairman of Lifeline Express Mrs Nellie Fong and KCRC Chairman and Chief Executive Mr K Y Yeung officiating at the grand starting ceremony of Walkalong West Rail for Light.
 
Accompanied by KCRC Chairman and Chief Executive Mr K Y Yeung and Chairman of Lifeline Express Mrs Nellie Fong, Chief Executive Mr Tung Chee Hwa leads the Walkalong West Rail for Light.