2 July 2003
Important milestone in Lo Wu Station Improvement Project
To improve service quality and streamline rail passenger flow at Lo Wu Station, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation started the Lo Wu Improvement Project in August 2002.
Costing a total of $200 million, the Project includes the extension of the station and improvement of facilities. It will be completed in phases at the end of 2003 and early 2004. By then, the maximum capacity of Lo Wu Station will be increased from 350,000 passengers to 400,000 passengers a day.
One of the major works in the extension project involved the construction of the new Platform 4, which is now completed and will be opened to the public. The new platform will be used to segregate northbound and southbound passengers for boarding and alighting trains.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of Platform 4, Mr James Blake, Senior Director, Capital Projects said Lo Wu Station handled more than 250,000 travellers a day and was one of the world’s busiest boundary checkpoints.
In addition to the opening of Platform 4, the project includes improvements to station facilities and extension works. New escalators and lifts were built in end 2002 and link bridges will be built to connect the arrival concourse with the platforms.
All turnstile ticket gates will be replaced by flap gates by end 2003. The barrier-free gates will allow speedier passenger movement and provide more convenience to passengers who carry bulky luggage, improving passenger flow by 50%
"These improvements will benefit our passengers for many years to come," Mr Blake said.