30 July 2002
KCRC Chairman took night tour of East Rail
 
The Chairman of the Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation, Mr Michael Tien took a night tour of a number of sites along East Rail where noise barriers had been constructed and inspected maintenance work carried out after close of traffic in the early morning of 30 July 2002.
Accompanied by Mr Y T Li, Director, East Rail, Mr Tien visited Uptown Plaza in Tai Po and Yim Po Fong Street in Mongkok to see for himself the effectiveness of the noise barriers constructed next to the railway. He also inspected maintenance works including rail grinding and tamping.
To improve the living environment of people living adjacent to the railway, KCRC has invested a total of $920 million for the construction of noise barriers and other noise mitigation measures at 21 sites along East Rail. This is by far the biggest investment made by a business organization to address an environmental noise issue in Hong Kong.
Apart from noise barriers, KCRC also carries out other noise mitigation measures. These include spending $130 million to purchase five "quiet" diesel locomotives which will reduce noise from freight trains and engineering maintenance trains; launching the service of new trains which are more environmentally friendly; undertaking a study on the feasibility of installing train skirts on existing trains and replacing existing railway crossings with a type which produces less noise when the trains travel over them.
Mr Tien also inspected tamping and rail grinding works at Racecourse Station. Regular maintenance of the tracks and railway system is essential to ensure a safe railway operation. The maintenance work is carried out after close of traffic so that train services in the daytime are not affected.
 
The Chairman of the Kowloon–Canton Railway Corporation, Mr Michael Tien took a night tour of a number of sites along East Rail where noise barriers had been constructed and inspected maintenance work carried out after close of traffic in the early morning of 30 July 2002.