29 December 2001
KCRC Chairman briefed on the progress of West Rail
 
The new Chairman of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), Mr Michael Tien, was taken today by KCRC senior management on the first of a round of briefings and visits to KCRC’s new railway projects and existing networks.
Today’s visit was to West Rail, where he was briefed on the latest progress of this project. Accompanied by Senior Director, Capital Projects, Mr James Blake and Director, Light Rail, Mr Jonathan Yu, Mr Tien toured a number of West Rail sites, including Tuen Mun Station, Kam Sheung Road Station, Mei Foo Station and Nam Cheong Station. He also inspected the Light Rail grade separation works and took a ride on a light rail vehicle.
In the next few days, Mr Tien will receive more briefings on KCRC’s activities and tour its facilities.
West Rail commenced construction in October 1998 and has been making good progress since then. All tunnel excavation works are complete, the whole length of the viaduct erected and civil construction works 93% done. The Corporation is confident that West Rail will open ahead of its target date of December 2003.
 
KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien (middle), Senior Director, Capital Projects, Mr James Blake (right) and Director, Light Rail, Mr Jonathan Yu riding a light rail vehicle
 
KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien (middle), Senior Director, Capital Projects, Mr James Blake (left) and Director, Light Rail, Mr Jonathan Yu on West Rail viaduct
 
KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien and the Corporation’s senior management at West Rail Kam Sheung Road Station