11 April 2003
Test runs of West Rail
 
In preparation for the commissioning of West Rail, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will commence comprehensive testing of the interfacing of various railway systems and train carriages along the entire West Rail alignment between Tuen Mun Station and Nam Cheong Station.
From 14 April to end of May, a small number of late night test runs of the 7-car train sets will be carried out between Kam Sheung Road Station and Tuen Mun Station from 6 pm to 1 am.
During the same period test runs will also be carried out between Kam Sheung Road Station and Nam Cheong Station from 6 pm to 6 am.
A KCRC spokesman said, "The late night testing is necessary not only to test the interfacing of the systems and train sets, but to test drivers’ response in a real-life situation as West Rail will operate between 5:30 a.m and 1 a.m. when it opens."
With regard to the extended hours of testing in the section between Kam Sheung Road Station and Nam Cheong Station, the spokesmen said "Most of the test runs will be carried out within the operating hours of West Rail. We have extended the test hours from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. as trains on this section will run largely in tunnels and in enclosed structures on West Kowloon reclamation far away from the densely populated area. "