30 May 2004
Greening KCRC Ma On Shan Rail
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) launched the "Greening Ma On Shan Rail" tree-planting campaign today at Sha Tin Wai. Led by Mr K K Lee, KCRC Senior Director, Capital Projects, Mr Wai Kwok Hung, Chairman of Sha Tin District Council, and the Chairmen of four Sha Tin Area Committees, some 200 residents and students of Ma On Shan joined hands to plant for their community.
"KCRC has always been committed to protecting the environment. We note that Ma On Shan is an environmental new town, and have made every effort to keep it green when designing Ma On Shan Rail," said Mr K K Lee at the ceremony.
"Most of the railway is built on viaducts along the central divider of highways. This does not only maximise the use of land, but also avoids affecting the trees by the roadsides and provides ample space for greening underneath the viaducts," Mr Lee added.
Upon completion of the project, the number of trees along Ma On Shan Rail will increase from around 5,000 to some 6,000 and a greater variety of plants will be introduced.
The "Greening Ma On Shan Rail" project will continue along the alignment. Two more tree planting days will be held at City One Station and Ma On Shan Station on two consecutive Sundays on 4 and 11 July 2004 respectively.
Ma On Shan Rail is an 11.4-km railway with nine stations, namely, Tai Wai, Che Kung Temple, Sha Tin Wai, City One, Shek Mun, Tai Shui Hang, Heng On, Ma On Shan and Wu Kai Sha. The stations are within walking distance of the area's major residential developments for easy access.
Construction works of Ma On Shan Rail are now 95% complete. Testing and commissioning of railway systems and limited trial runs are underway. When the railway comes into service, it will only take around 30 minutes to travel from Ma On Shan to the heart of Kowloon.
Ma On Shan Rail is 11.4 km in length and runs mostly on viaducts. When Ma On Shan Rail comes into operation, it takes only around 30 minutes to travel from Ma On Shan to the heart of Kowloon.
Mr. K K Lee, KCRC Senior Director, Capital Projects, Mr. Wai Kwok Hung, Chairman of Sha Tin District Council and the Chairmen of 4 Sha Tin Area Committees joined hands in "Greening Ma On Shan Rail."