11 February 2007
KCRC Tai Wai Depot Open Day
 
In the wake of the popularity of the Open Day of Pat Heung Maintenance Centre in December last year, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today opens Tai Wai Maintenance Centre, one of the most modern maintenance centres in Asia, to the public. This is the first time that Tai Wai Maintenance Centre, which services Ma On Shan (MOS) Rail trains, to organise the Depot Open Day. KCRC had distributed more than 7,500 admission tickets to the public.
Mr Michael Tien, KCRC Chairman, said at the Opening Ceremony that Tai Wai Maintenance Centre is among the most modern maintenance centres in Asia. He also mentioned that it is the first depot in the world to employ "laser positioning image processing" for monitoring the wear rate and conditions of pantograph carbon strips as well as the wheel profiles of Ma On Shan Rail trains. Through this technology, KCRC has been able to enhance the reliability of its trains.
Ma On Shan Rail opened in late 2004 to provide a fast and efficient mode of transport to the local community. Last year, MOS Rail achieved outstanding performance. No service delay of more than 8 minutes was reported in the first half of the year and no major incident causing more than 20 minutes' service delay occurred during the entire year. Moreover, the overall "Service Delivery" and "Punctuality" rates of MOS Rail were maintained at 99.95% and 99.94% respectively. MOS Rail also achieved 100% performance in service delivery and punctuality on 357 days and 352 days respectively.
The officiating guests of the Opening Ceremony today included Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC; Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer; Mr Y T Li, Senior Director - Transport; Mr K K Lee, Senior Director - Capital Projects; Mr Wai Kwok Hung, JP, Chairman, Sha Tin District Council; Mr Ho Hau Cheung, MH, T&TC Chairman, Sha Tin District Council; Mr Kwan Wing Yip, T&TC Chairman, Tai Po District Council; and Mr Poon Chung Yuen, T&TC Chairman, North District Council.
For passengers returning to the New Territories after the fireworks display on the second day of the Chinese New Year (19 February), East Rail domestic service between 8:30pm and 10:00pm on that day will increase to a frequency of 3 to 4-minute intervals.
 
Officiating guests (from left to right): Mr K K Lee, Senior Director - Capital Projects, KCRC; Mr Kwan Wing Yip, T&TC Chairman, Tai Po District Council; Mr Ho Hau Cheung, MH, T&TC Chairman, Sha Tin District Council; Ir James Blake, Chief Executive Officer, KCRC; Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC; Mr Wai Kwok Hung, JP, Chairman, Sha Tin District Council; Mr Y T Li, Senior Director - Transport, KCRC; and Mr Poon Chung Yuen, T&TC Chairman, North District Council.
 
Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC, together with the officiating guests, visited the depot control room.
 
Guided tours were arranged for visitors.