3 October 2003
Two rail companies hold joint emergency exercise at Nam Cheong Station
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) joined hands with the MTR Corporation (MTRCL), the Police, and Fire Services Department to carry out a joint emergency exercise today (3 October 2003) at Nam Cheong Station. The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) has teamed up with the Art Promotion Office for the first time to display the work of a local young artist, Michael Kwong at the KCR Art Corner in East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
The exercise is one in a series of drills designed to test and validate staff response and the effectiveness of emergency handling procedures prior to the opening of Nam Cheong Station for both West Rail and Tung Chung Line.
In the exercise, both KCRC and MTR staff responded promptly to a simulated bomb threat incident prompted by an anonymous telephone call. Police and the Fire Services Department were immediately summoned for assistance. Station staff launched a search and found a suspicious-looking object.
In the course of evacuating passengers, the bomb-like object exploded. As a result, two passengers became unconscious and eight others were slightly injured. All of the injured were sent to hospital.
Mr. Fred Lam, Operations and Maintenance Planning Manager, KCR West Rail said, "In preparation for the opening of West Rail, over the past few months, we have carried out about 1,700 exercises, and there will be more to come.
"Today’s drill has been very satisfactory with seamless co-operation among all the players. We are grateful to the MTR, the Police and Fire Services Department for their active participation in the exercise," he said.
The MTR Corporation’s Operations Manager (Airport Railway) Mr. Adi Lau said, "We are pleased to have participated in today’s joint exercise with KCRC to verify the rules and procedures put in place to handle emergencies together.
"After its opening, Nam Cheong Station will be the first station to be jointly managed by the two railway operators on a day-to-day basis. It is therefore very important for us to familiarise ourselves with this unique operation model and to cultivate a close and seamless partnership with each other, especially in handling incidents and emergencies," Mr. Lau added.
Nam Cheong Station will be the first wholly-integrated KCR and MTR station in Hong Kong. The shared underground concourse combines both KCR and MTR facilities, enabling passengers to interchange between West Rail and MTR simply by passing through a transfer gate.
In addition to KCRC and the MTR, the Fire Services Department and the Hong Kong Police, the Civil Aid Services also participated in today’s drill.
In a joint emergency exercise held jointly today by KCRC and the MTR at Nam Cheong Station, a bomb explosion was simulated and Fire Services was summoned to rescue the "injured" from the station concourse.