The Corporation was established in 1975 with a mission to construct and operate an urban metro system for Hong Kong. In June 2000, it was re-established as MTR Corporation Limited and was listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in October 2000. On 2nd December 2007 the operations of the Government-owned rail operator, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, were merged into the MTR, heralding a new era in Hong Kong railway development.
The merged rail network comprises nine commuter railway lines, a Light Rail network, an Airport Express link as well as a new High-Speed Rail service connecting Hong Kong to the Mainland of China. With an average weekday patronage of nearly 5.8 million passengers in Hong Kong, MTR is regarded as one of the world's leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency.
The Corporation is involved in a wide range of business activities in Hong Kong in addition to its railway operations. These include the development of residential and commercial property projects, property management, shopping malls leasing and management, advertising media and telecommunication services in trains and stations.
The Corporation also offers worldwide railway consultancy and contracting services. Clients served include metro companies, government authorities and rail system suppliers in the Mainland of China, India, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
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The Corporation also operates and manages Stockholm Metro, intercity service between Stockholm and Gothenburg and Stockholm Commuter Rail Systems (Starting from December 2016) in Sweden.
The Corporation was awarded the TfL Rail (to be named Elizabeth Line) Trains Operating Concession in the United Kingdom in July 2014.
MTR is a joint venture partner with First Group for the South Western Railways franchise. With approximately 235 million passenger journeys a year, the South Western franchise covers urban, suburban, regional, and long-distance routes between London Waterloo and south western England, including Bristol, Exeter, and Portsmouth. First MTR South Western Trains was awarded the contract by the Department for Transport (DfT) in March 2017. The joint venture will commence operations from 20 August 2017 for a seven-year period with the option for an 11-month extension at the discretion of the DfT.
MTR's European Head Office is based in London – please contact us.
Operated by MTR Express AB
Operated by Metro Trains Melbourne Pty Ltd
Operated by MTR Elizabeth Line
Operated by MTR Stockholm AB
Operated by Hangzhou MTR Corporation Limited
Operated by Beijing MTR Corporation Limited
Operated by Hangzhou MTR Line 5 Corporation Limited
Operated by MTR Corporation ( Shenzen) Limited