27 June 2006
Tai Po Market Station refurbishment commences
 
East Rail's Tai Po Market Station will have a completely new outlook which will blend in well with the environment and at the same time has a strong "railway character" when its refurbishment is completed in 18 months' time.
Speaking at the Commencement Ceremony of the station's refurbishment works, Chief Executive Officer, Ir James Blake of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation said, "The Tai Po Market Station Refurbishment Project is one of the projects of the Corporation's continuous improvement programme. At a cost of $84 million, the refurbishment will give Tai Po Market Station a new look with modern facilities, wider passages for smooth passenger flow, and more shops for the convenience of KCR travellers."
It will also significantly increase the daily passenger capacity by 60% from 110,000 to 175,000.
With the new look the station will also become home for a historical narrow-gauge steam locomotive W.G. Bagnall, which together with the one now on display at the Railway Museum, had once serviced the Sha Tau Kok Branch Line in the early days until 1928. The museum, which is within walking distance from Tai Po Market Station, gives a good snapshot of KCR’s history.
Mr Blake said the job of carrying out the refurbishment is extremely challenging because as works are in progress, the station will remain open to passengers. Every effort will be made to minimise inconvenience to passengers.
Also officiating at today's ceremony are Mr Y T Li, Senior Director of Transport of KCRC, Mr Poon Tai Ping, District Officer of Tai Po District Office, Mr Cheng Chun Ping, Chairman of Tai Po District Council, and Mr Anthony Tso, Director of Pollard Construction Company Limited.
 
Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Blake delivered his welcoming remarks at the Commencement Ceremony for the Tai Po Market Station Refurbishment Project.
 
(from left to right) Mr Y T Li, Senior Director – Transport of KCRC; Mr Poon Tai Ping, District Officer of Tai Po District Office; Mr James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC; Mr Cheng Chun Ping, Chairman of Tai Po District Council; and Mr Anthony Tso, Director of Pollard Construction Company Limited officiated at the Ceremony.
 
Officiating guests cracking a giant champagne bottle at the Ceremony.
 
The happiest moment at the Ceremony.