MTR-operated High Speed Rail service begins operations in Hong Kong
The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail (HSR) link, which connects Hong Kong with the 25,000km high speed rail network in the Mainland of China, has launched passenger services from the brand-new West Kowloon station.
With trains operating at a maximum speed of 200kph in the tightly curving, tunnelled Hong Kong Section and 300kph in the Mainland Section, HSR significantly reduces journey times, helping to cement Hong Kong’s position as a transport hub in the region.
MTR Corporation will operate the high-speed services on the HSR for the next 10 years, with direct services to 44 destinations at the time of launch. 114 daily pairs of high-speed short-haul services will operate during peak times.
MTR led on the design, construction, project management and operational set-up of the £8 billion HSR, including the building of the brand new eleven-hectare West Kowloon Station and the integration of purpose-built tunnels into an existing rail network.
Commenting on the successful launch of the service, Jeremy Long, CEO, European Business, MTR Corporation, said:
“The integration of the new high-speed line into Mainland China’s extensive high-speed rail network marks a significant step in the transport infrastructure of Hong Kong and for its passengers. HSR was a complex infrastructure project and MTR looks forward to using that valuable experience of project management, systems integration, and operational start-up in European markets.”
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 and between Heathrow and Paddington. Full through services are expected to start 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 £24 billion, and is included on the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It won over 50 awards in 2017 for quality, customer service and sustainability.