10 December 2006
KCRC Depot Open Day
 
To mark the 3rd Anniversary of West Rail, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today organised a "KCRC Depot Open Day" at Pat Heung Maintenance Centre. Mr Michael Tien, KCRC Chairman, spoke at the Opening Ceremony stating that the daily patronage of West Rail has increased from 100,000 initially to over 210,000 at present, which is a reflection that more and more passengers select the fast, safe and reliable West Rail service.
Mr Tien said that the punctuality rate of KCRC West Rail trains exceeds the target of 99%, which is an excellent performance when compared with other similar rail systems worldwide, which usually achieve 95-97%.
In 2004, only one incident causing a delay of 3 minutes or more occurred on West Rail trains after running every 1.8 million kilometres. The performance of West Rail trains continues to improve. Up to October 2006, only one incident causing a delay of 3 minutes or more occurred on West Rail trains after running every 2.24 million kilometres.
Today's event is the first time that KCRC organised a Depot Open Day at Pat Heung Maintenance Centre. KCRC distributed 7,000 admission tickets to members of the public earlier, so that they can take the opportunity to learn more about the operations and maintenance of West Rail.
The officiating guests of the Opening Ceremony today included Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC, Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC, Mr YT Li, Senior Director-Transport of KCRC, Mr Man Fu Wan, Chairman of Traffic and Transport Committee of Yuen Long District Council, and Mr So Shiu Shing, Chairman of Traffic and Transport Committee of Tuen Mun District Council. They also celebrated the birthday of nine members of the public who were born on 20 December, the same day of West Rail service commencement.
 
Officiating guests (from left to right) Mr So Shiu Shing, Chairman of Traffic and Transport Committee of Tuen Mun District Council, Mr YT Li, Senior Director-Transport of KCRC, Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC, Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC and Mr Man Fu Wan, Chairman of Traffic and Transport Committee of Yuen Long District Council officiate at the Opening Ceremony of KCRC Depot Open Day at Pat Heung Maintenance Centre.
 
KCRC shares the joy of the 3rd Anniversary of West Rail with nine members of the public who were also born on 20 December.