The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (29 November 2003) held a launch ceremony for the West Rail Station Open Day at West Rail Long Ping Station.
Mr Y T Li, Director East Rail said during the ceremony that the civil works and finishes for the nine West Rail stations had all been completed. Statutory inspections of all systems and facilities had also been successfully concluded and certified. Mr Li added that the opening of the stations for the public to visit signified an important step forward by West Rail towards its commissioning.
"One of the objectives of organising the West Rail Station Open Day is to familiarise the public with the station environment and the state-of-the-art station facilities," Mr Li said. "The event also provides a chance for station staff to handle real passengers and understand their expectations. This will help us to provide a pleasant and smooth journey for passengers after West Rail is commissioned."
KCRC is organising a series of open days at West Rail stations during the weekends of 29 November and 7 December 2003 as part of its familiarisation programme for the public before the commissioning of West Rail.
Programmes scheduled for the West Rail Station Open Day include guided station tours, unlimited trial use of station facilities, the West Rail Theatre, exhibitions, game stalls, a quiz, children’s colouring corner and photo competition.
A limited edition West Rail Station Open Day souvenir ticket and other souvenir items will be given away to participants on a first-come first-served basis.
Following the open day held at Yuen Long and Long Ping stations today, other stations will be opened for visit tomorrow (30 November), next Saturday and Sunday (see below for the schedule). The opening hours will be from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
30 Nov (Sun) Tsuen Wan West, Kam Sheung Road and Tuen Mun stations
6 Dec (Sat) Tin Shui Wai and Mei Foo stations
7 Dec (Sun) Nam Cheong and Siu Hong stations