21 December 2004
The Financial Secretary inaugurates MOS Rail today
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) held an inauguration ceremony today at Tai Wai Station to celebrate the official opening of KCR Ma On Shan Rail (MOS Rail).
Officiating at the ceremony were the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Hon Henry Tang Ying-yen; KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien; Chief Executive Officer (Acting) Mr Samuel Lai; Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Transport) Mr Joshua Law; Legislative Council’s Panel on Transport Chairman Mr Lau Kong Wah; Transport Advisory Committee Chairman Ms Teresa Cheng; Sha Tin District Council Chairman Mr Wai Kwok Hung; KCRC Senior Director, Capital Projects Mr K K Lee and Senior Director, Transport Mr Y T Li.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Henry Tang said, “With the opening of MOS Rail, some 400,000 residents along MOS Rail will have another choice of transportation which is efficient, comfortable, reliable and environmentally-friendly.”
“MOS Rail, like other new railway lines, will facilitate the development of the new towns along MOS Rail and improve the living standard of the people as a whole, ” said Mr Tang.
The 11.4-kilometre MOS Rail, together with Tsim Sha Tsui Extension opened in October, will reinforce the strategic role of East Rail as the key north-south railway corridor in urban Kowloon and the eastern New Territories.
Also addressing at the inauguration ceremony, Mr Michael Tien said, “The Corporation will continue to contribute to the development of an integrated railway service in Hong Kong.
“The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, another new extension of East Rail, has been more than half completed and is on track for commissioning in 2006/2007. Works for the Kowloon Southern Link, a strategic line connecting East Rail and West Rail, are scheduled to commence in 2005,” Mr Tien said.
MOS Rail, which provides a direct and convenient commuter service between Wu Kai Sha and Tai Wai, commenced the revenue services at 3:00 pm today. Through interchanging with East Rail at Tai Wai Station, the Ma On Shan residents can have access to other rail network in the territory.
A journey from Wu Kai Sha to Tai Wai and East Tsim Sha Tsui will take around 16 and 30 minutes respectively.
Trains for MOS Rail service are in four-car configuration and available for every three minutes during peak hours.