29 September 2005
KCRC deploys service for National Day Golden Week and Chung Yeung Festival
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will deploy its services to cope with the expected increase in passengers’ demand during the first National Day Golden Week after the opening of the Hong Kong Disneyland and Chung Yeung Festival.
In the evening of National Day (1 October), KCRC will enhance East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail services to facilitate the travelling public to view the fireworks display. Between 9:30pm and 11pm, additional trains will be deployed to run from East Tsim Sha Tsui to Sheung Shui and northbound service will run at about 3.5-minute intervals. Between 6pm and 11pm, the frequency of Ma On Shan Rail trains will be enhanced from 5-minute to 4-minute intervals. Regarding K16 feeder bus (West Rail Nam Cheong Station-East Rail East Tsim Sha Tsui Station), in order to facilitate the special temporary traffic arrangements starting from 7pm, the bus stops in both directions at Kowloon Park Drive and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station will be temporarily suspended and the service will terminate at Lai Chark Middle School opposite China Hong Kong City. Passengers for West Rail Nam Cheong Station will also have to take the bus there.
During the coming Golden Week, KCRC will closely monitor passenger traffic, maintain close contact with government departments and boundary authorities, arrange spare trains to standby, regulate trains to and from Lo Wu and deploy additional manpower to ensure a smooth flow of traffic at the checkpoint. For cross boundary services, the first and last Lo Wu-bound trains will depart from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station at 5:28am and 11:05pm respectively as usual. The Lo Wu checkpoint is open from 6:30am to midnight. Passengers travelling to the Mainland via Lo Wu are advised to listen to radio announcements or call the KCRC hotline at 2929 3399 to obtain information on cross-boundary service arrangements at Lo Wu before starting their journeys.
During Chung Yeung Festival (9 and 11 October), additional staff will be deployed at East Rail Fanling Station to facilitate passengers and the train services will be strengthened when necessary. Also, the services of Light Rail route 505 (Siu Hong-Sam Shing Terminus) will be enhanced in accordance with the passenger demand. Passengers are reminded not to bring lighted incense and roast pigs on board as it will affect safety of passengers and train operation.