8 December 2005
KCRC gears up for WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Conference
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) will be on high vigilance during the WTO Ministerial Conference to be held between 13 and 18 December in Hong Kong. Existing security measures will be stepped up to ensure that its services will not be affected as far as possible.
KCRC has been working closely with the Police on its security measures during the conference period. The established contingency plans to handle different types of service disruptions will be strengthened.
Mr Alex Lau, KCRC Safety and Quality Manager said, "KCRC is prepared for any events that may disrupt its services during the Conference period. Our staff will be on their utmost alert."
Patrol and surveillance of railway lines will be stepped up. Additional staff will be deployed to patrol stations, trains and critical locations. The Corporation has hired 100 extra security guards to patrol the stations along the railway lines and assist in crowd control. They will also support the Police in carrying out their duties when required. All frontline staff are instructed to be extra vigilant against any suspected malicious acts or objects, Mr Lau said.
A KCRC special contingency unit for the WTO Ministerial Conference period, headed by a general manager has been formed to oversee the railway operation to ensure prompt response during the conference period. The unit can activate the special emergency plan immediately when the need arises.
He added, "All KCRC frontline staff have been trained on the contingency procedures. Joint drills and exercises across various functions and with relevant government departments have been conducted to enable staff to familiarize themselves with the rules and procedures in dealing with different types of emergency situations."
Passengers are also advised to plan their journeys earlier and pay attention to announcements from the electronic media during the conference period to ensure a smooth journey. In case of emergencies, they are advised to follow the instructions of station staff.