26 August 2005
KCRC gears up for the new school term
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will make special arrangements to cope with the service demand over the beginning of the back-to-school period.
Between 1 and 9 September inclusive, KCRC will introduce a free temporary bus route for West Rail and Light Rail passengers that will tie in with West Rail and Light Rail services. The temporary bus route, route S1, will run in a circular route between West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station and Tin Heng. It will operate between 6:30am and 9:30am at intervals of 6 to 7 minutes, from Monday to Friday. KCRC will prepare publicity materials, including leaflets and posters, to advise passengers of the details of the route.
According to past experience, the service demand on the following sections of Light Rail will substantially increase during the peak hours when students return to school: Leung King to Tai Hing/Shek Pai, Ming Kum to Tuen Mun Town Centre, Prime View to Pui To, West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Tuen Mun Town Centre, West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Ferry Pier, Tin Shui to Yuen Long and Ginza to Yuen Long. Passengers, travelling on the above sections, can choose the following KCRC buses as a transport alternative;-
Leung King to Tai Hing/Shek Pai
K58 (Fu Tai to Castle Peak Bay)
Ming Kum to Tuen Mun Town Centre
K58 (Fu Tai to Castle Peak Bay)
Prime View to Pui To
K51 (Fu Tai to Tai Lam)
K53 (West Rail Siu Hong Station to So Kwun Wat, circular)
A73 (Tin Fu to Ferry Pier)
West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Tuen Mun Town Centre
K52 (West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Lung Kwu Tan)
K58 (Fu Tai to Castle Peak Bay)
506 (Ferry Pier to Yau Oi, circular)
West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Ferry Pier
K52 (West Rail Tuen Mun Station to Lung Kwu Tan)
506 (Ferry Pier to Yau Oi, circular)
Tin Shui to Yuen Long
K74 (Tin Shui to Yuen Long, circular)
Ginza to Yuen Long
K73 (Tin Hang to Yuen Long, circular)
During the back-to-school period, KCRC will also enhance the above-mentioned bus routes and Light Rail services. Platform assistants and operational staff will be deployed at stops to maintain order and provide assistance to passengers. KCRC will regulate the Light Rail services flexibly with reference to the real situation to ensure smooth operations.
KCRC has modified the seating arrangements in Light Rail compartments to make the area near the doors more spacious, facilitating boarding and alighting. Also, 17 to 18 perch seats are now installed in each of the modified compartments, increasing the total number of seats. The new arrangements will increase the total transportation capacity of each Light Rail compartment by about 15%. As the demand for seats by short haul passengers is comparatively low, the modified Light Rail compartments will be deployed to serve the short routes.
Additional East Rail, Ma On Shan Rail and West Rail trains will be kept on standby during the back-to-school period. KCRC will also deploy extra staff at stations to maintain order and provide assistance to passengers. KCRC will closely monitor passenger traffic at all stations and will regulate train services to meet passenger demand.
During the back-to-school period, KCRC will monitor the transport demand and remain in close communication with relevant government departments and other public transport operators to ensure that KCRC services cope with the need. Stand-by buses will also be arranged to provide auxiliary services when necessary.
Passengers are advised to advance their departure from home, plan their journeys earlier and pay attention to electronic media announcements.