11 January 2003
KCRC "Greening the Railway"
 
WTo beautify the environment along the railway, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has initiated a "Greening the Railway" project. More than 3,500 trees will be planted at seven locations along East Rail in Fanling, Tai Po and Sha Tin districts, covering an area of 21,000 square metres.
A "Greening the Railway" tree planting activity was held today at the landscape area north of KCR East Rail Fanling Station. More than 300 KCRC staff and their family members took part in the event.
Mr Y T Li, Director, East Rail said at the opening ceremony that KCRC was fully committed to protecting the environment by introducing environmental protection measures in every business aspect such as the railway operations, bus services and construction projects.
On East Rail, 96 new train cars which are more environmentally friendly had been put in East Rail service. These modern trains, which will also be used in West Rail and East Rail Extensions, are much quieter inside and out and more energy efficient. Moreover, the Corporation had purchased five quieter diesel locomotives which will be put into service in 2004. These new locomotives will reduce the smoke levels and particulate emissions, and thus improve the air quality.
Other environmental protection measures implemented by the Corporation include the switch to ultra-low sulphur diesel for its buses and diesel locomotives and the $900 million noise mitigation project launched in 1993 to build noise barriers along the East Rail alignment. More than 110,000 people have benefited from this project.
Today’s ceremony was also officiated by Mr Wai Kwok Hung, Chairman, Sha Tin District Council, Mr Pang Hang Yin, Chairman, North District Council, Mr Chan Ping, Chairman, Tai Po District Council Traffic & Transport Committee.
 
To beautify the environment along the railway, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation has initiated a "Greening the Railway" project. A "Greening the Railway" tree planting activity was held today (11 January) at the landscape area north of KCR East Rail Fanling Station. More than 300 KCRC staff and their family members took part in the event.
 
Mr Y T Li, Director East Rail, KCRC (2nd right), Mr Wai Kwok Hung, Chairman, Sha Tin District Council (2nd left), Mr Pang Hang Yin, Chairman, North District Council (far right) and Mr Chan Ping, Chairman, Tai Po District Council Traffic & Transport Committee (far left) officiated at the tree planting ceremony today.