26 March 2004
KCRC gives out free tickets to celebrate West Rail’s first 100 days
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will launch a series of promotional activities to mark the first 100 days of West Rail service.
West Rail, which was officially inaugurated on 20 December 2003, will reach its 100th day of service on 28 March 2004. To mark the occasion, the Corporation also held a session of KCRC Cafe at Tin Shui Wai Station today, the first ever held at a West Rail station.
To celebrate West Rail’s first 100 days, KCRC will give out 400,000 free West Rail single ride tickets to residents of the North West New Territories. The Corporation will mail coupons to 100,000 households in Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai in early April. Each package will contain two coupons, each of which can be redeemed on either 13 or 14 April at any West Rail Station for two free West Rail single ride tickets, valid for travel between Nam Cheong and Tuen Mun Stations on the date of redemption.
Passengers who redeem the coupons can also enter a lucky draw with prizes including two plasma televisions and travel and dining coupons.
General Manager, Marketing Mr Michael Lai said the Corporation was taking steps to improve the accessibility of West Rail stations, including, for example, strengthening the role of Light Rail as a feeder. Two new circular Light Rail routes, 614P and 615P, will be introduced on 4 April to boost the service of short-distance Light Rail routes in Tuen Mun. Another circular Light Rail route, 706, will be introduced on 9 April to better serve Tin Shui Wai residents and make it easier for them to interchange with West Rail.
KCRC will continue to reorganise KCR Bus services and to discuss additional measures to provide more efficient feeder service with the Transport Department.
Mr Lai also announced that KCRC would extend to the end of this year the $2 fare discount scheme for West Rail passengers transferring from taxis. The scheme was originally scheduled to finish at the end of this month.
A number of KCRC senior executives met with passengers face-to-face today at the KCRC Cafe session to collect views on various aspects of West Rail and Light Rail services.
Separately, KCRC kicked off a roving exhibition on West Rail and Light Rail services at West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station today. The exhibition will travel to other West Rail stations in the coming months.
KCRC managers listen to the views of passengers on West Rail and Light Rail services.