17 October 2004
East Tsim Sha Tsui Station Open Day receives overwhelming response
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) opened its newly built East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for public trial today. From 5:15 am when the station opened until 6 pm, there were more than 50,000 passengers using the new station.
East Tsim Sha Tsui Station is the new southern terminus located at the intersection of Middle Road and Salisbury Road. Upon completion, East Rail service will be extended from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui. The station is built with a pedestrian subway network connecting to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and the hotels and shopping areas nearby.
Today passengers travelling on East Rail can enjoy a ride to or from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station without paying extra. Passengers who travel only on the section between Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui stations are subject to a minimum fare.
Mr Anthony Yan, General Manager, East Rail Operations of KCRC said, "The purpose of today’s trial ride is to familiarise passengers with the facilities and environment of East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, and at the same time provide an opportunity for the station staff to meet with the passengers and understand their needs, so that they can provide a better service when the station opens."
Mr Yan added, "After the new station is opened, the residents of the northeast New Territories can travel directly to Tsim Sha Tsui on East Rail without any interchange. Passengers going to the Hong Kong Island can also choose to interchange with MTR after arriving at Tsim Sha Tsui, which will reduce an interchange. We believe that the new station will bring greater convenience to our passengers."
Passengers could try the station facilities, visit an exhibition and enter a quiz on the Open Day. A special enquiry counter was also set up and more than 80 operating staff were deployed to assist passengers to familiarise with the new service and facilities.
East Tsim Sha Tsui Station will be opened to the public at 3:00pm on 24 October.