16 July 2002
Trackrecord celebrates the awarding of the Sha Tin to Central Link
 
The past month brought very good news for KCRC when on 25 June the Government announced the awarding of the Sha Tin to Central Link to the Corporation. By winning the bid to build and operate this new line, KCR for the first time in its history will cross Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island. Further details on the project and its implications for the Corporation are provided in the latest issue of Trackrecord.
Another story in the current issue looks at the authorisation received by the Corporation from the Chief Executive in Council to proceed with the construction of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line. This new line, which will provide an urgently needed second boundary crossing to the Mainland, is scheduled for completion in 2007.
Also covered is the official topping out ceremony on 22 June for the West Rail Tsuen Wan West Station. The ceremony, which was officiated by Chairman Mr Michael Tien and the then Secretary for the Treasury Miss Denise Yue, marked the topping out of the eighth West Rail station out of a total of nine.
In addition to these stories, Trackrecord reports on two studies that show KCRC to be the world’s safest metro railway system and the most productive in terms of passenger kilometres per staff hour. These studies were carried out by Nova, an association of 11 medium-size metro railways with daily patronage below 2 million passengers, and CoMET, an organisation representing metro systems of over 2 million passengers.
Finally, the new Trackrecord discusses the approval by KCRC Managing Board for the management’s proposal to seek a voluntary reduction in the total pay package of senior staff, and to cut the allowances and benefits of junior staff as part of the Corporation’s drive to keep down costs.
Trackrecord, the official staff newsletter of the KCRC, is published once a month and distributed to all employees, the Corporation’s key stakeholders, consulates, senior government officials, the media and community leaders.