MTR Corporation continues awards run as it is named Asia Pacific Digital Transformer of the Year

MTR has been named Asia Pacific Digital Transformer of the Year at the International Data Corporation (IDC)’s inaugural DX awards, building on its previous selection from IDC as Hong Kong Digital Transformer of the Year and its recent success at the Hong Kong Design awards, where two of its stations took home major prizes for excellence in infrastructure development.

The digital transformer awards recognise institutions that have had a significant impact on markets using digital and disruptive technologies across the Asia Pacific region. MTR was presented with the regional title for a series of new digital initiatives designed to enhance customer experience. These include the MTR Mobile app, beacon technology to enable indoor navigation, geo-location technology to provide real-time schedules of feeder bus services, data sharing to provide comprehensive alternative transport information when incidents occur, and artificial intelligence that helps passengers to identify the ticket right for them.

Success at the Hong Kong and Asia Pacific level of the IDC awards comes after MTR was awarded two Silver Awards for Public and Institutional Architecture at the recent Hong Kong Design awards. These projects were delivered under an integrated ‘Rail + Property’ model, under which MTR designed and developed the infrastructure around the stations as well as operating rail services on the line.

The model combines the power of transport connectivity with property development to ensure that infrastructure is designed to meet communities’ needs. Over the past decade, MTR has developed over 2 million square metres of commercial space, developed over 96,000 apartments, and now owns and manages 13 shopping malls.

MTR is currently in the process of revitalising the existing stations along London’s future Elizabeth Line Crossrail route, and in South Western Railway, which it operates as a joint venture with First Group. Earlier this year its delivery of the complex new South Island Line was named International Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards.


Jeremy Long, CEO European Business, MTR Corporation, said:

“MTR is an acknowledged world leader in station design and project delivery, and we are proud to be also recognised for our work this year in digital initiatives. We will continue to bring this award-winning expertise to our existing operations, and future business development projects, across the UK and Nordic regions.”


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Notes to Editors

About MTR

  • MTR Corporation is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading operators of metro, commuter and airport rail systems and has a successful international consulting business. It is also an acknowledged world leader in rail + property development, and manages shopping malls, retail units, apartments and other major buildings along some of its lines.
  • In the UK, MTR Crossrail is the operator of the Crossrail concession (which will be renamed the Elizabeth line when fully open), and is currently running TfL Rail services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.  MTR will begin running services between: Heathrow and Paddington in May 2018; Paddington and Abbey Wood in December 2018; Paddington and Shenfield in May 2019; and full through services (including to Reading) in December 2019.
  • MTR has operated South Western Railway, one of the largest UK franchises, as a joint venture with First Group since August 2017. As part of this, First MTR South Western Trains Limited will deliver new trains, redeveloped stations, and a range of other enhancements which will improve both rail services and customer experience.
  • MTR was a joint venture partner in London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL), which held the concession from November 2007 until November 2016. 
  • Elsewhere in Europe, MTR runs the Stockholm Metro, the Stockholm Pendeltåg commuter railway and provides open access MTR Express services between Stockholm and Gothenburg.
  • Around the world, MTR: runs metro, commuter rail, light rail and infrastructure, develops and manages significant rail-related property and is delivering new rail lines and major upgrade projects in Hong Kong; operates lines in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hangzhou in Mainland China; is lead shareholder in a joint venture operating the Melbourne train system and leads a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) consortium which will deliver and operate the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia.
  • Listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, MTR has a market capitalisation of approximately £27 billion, and is included on the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It won over 50 awards in 2016 for quality, customer service and sustainability.