2 June 2003
KCR/MTR Nam Cheong Station Completion
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) and the MTR Corporation held a joint completion ceremony for KCR/MTR Nam Cheong Station today (Monday).
Located to the west of Nam Cheong Estate and east of the West Kowloon Expressway, Nam Cheong Station is the southern terminus of West Rail, which will come into operation in autumn 2003. It also serves as the newest station in the MTR network, located between Lai King and Olympic Stations on the Tung Chung Line.
Speaking at today's ceremony, KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien said, "Nam Cheong Station is the first fully integrated KCR/MTR station in Hong Kong with a shared underground concourse where West Rail and MTR facilities are combined. Passengers commuting between the Northwest New Territories and Hong Kong Island can interchange between West Rail and the MTR Tung Chung Line simply by passing through the transfer gates located at the centre of the paid concourse."
The two Corporations have worked closely together throughout the planning, design, construction, testing and commissioning stages of the station. After the opening of the station and the launch of West Rail, the station’s management will be shared between the two Corporations.
MTR Corporation Project Director Mr Russell Black said," The cooperation will continue in the on-going operation and maintenance, with the station being manned jointly by KCR and MTR staff down to joint management of the station control room, and periodic alternation in station management leadership — probably a world's "first" for railway station management."
Mr Tien said, "In the following months, we will make our best endeavours to prepare for the opening of West Rail, including completion of the remaining accessory works within the station, testing of all railway and fire service systems, as well as all pre-operations statutory examinations jointly conducted with relevant government departments."
Mr Black said, "We look forward to the successful opening of West Rail later in the year which will further expand Hong Kong’s railway network, providing a further step in implementation of Government’s strategy of railway becoming the backbone of Hong Kong’s transport infrastructure and improving our city’s air quality."
Construction of Nam Cheong Station commenced in January 2000. The contract was awarded to Balfour Beatty-Zen Pacific Joint Venture at a sum of HK2,238 million.
The completion ceremony for the first fully integrated KCR/MTR station, Nam Cheong Station, was held today (2 June). The concourse of the station is shared by the two Corporations, enabling passengers to interchange between West Rail and the MTR Tung Chung Line simply by passing through the transfer gates once.
Mr Frederick Ma, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, was briefed on the operation of railway systems by Mr Leo Mak, General Manager – Railway Systems, West Rail during his visit to the Station Control Room of Nam Cheong Station.