2 April 2002
Revised KCRC luggage regulations go into force today
In view of an increasing number of accidents relating to bulky luggage being carried on board train compartments and into escalators at stations, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (2 April) revised its luggage regulations that control the number, size and weight of luggage items that can be carried into the East Rail.
A spokesman for the KCRC said that in 2000, 38 passengers carrying bulky luggage were injured. The number of passengers injured in 2001 increased to 44, representing an increase of 16%.
Train schedules were also being affected by passengers with bulky luggage boarding and alighting from trains. Five cases were recorded in the first three months of 2002.
Many passengers have urged KCRC to control the carriage of bulky luggage into the East Rail which blocks passageways and may cause injury to others if they are not handled properly. A total of 21 complaints relating to bulky luggage were received in 2001.
The spokesman said under the revised regulation, the number of bulky luggage that can be carried on board free of charge remains unchanged. Each passenger can carry with them one luggage item free of charge with the total dimension (length + width + height) NOT exceeding 170cm, which is the approximate size of two large nylon bags or an extra large suitcase. Luggage between 170 cm and 220 cm (between the size of two to three large nylon bags) will require the purchase of a luggage ticket. The price of luggage ticket will remain unchanged.
Any luggage with one side longer than 130cm (slightly longer than the length of a golf bag), or a total weight exceeding 30kg has to be consigned.
The spokesman said the revised regulations are similar to those adopted by other transport operators, and have taken into full account the needs of cross boundary passengers.
He added that the increasing number of bulky luggage being carried on board train compartments is causing inconvenience to other passengers and creating a safety hazard at ticket gates and escalators.
Luggage inspectors and station staff will be on duty near the ticket gates. They will provide assistance to passengers and enforce the new regulations. A mobile team of luggage inspectors will also patrol trains to remind passengers of the new arrangements.
The spokesman also urged passengers who carry bulky luggage to use the lift to avoid accidents and minimize inconvenience to other passengers. Lifts are available at all stations.