ON JULY 27 Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp announced a further six contracts for West Rail phase I, totalling HK$5·4bn. Four are for civil works, one for railway systems and one for design.

Kier-Zen Pacific JV is to build Mei Foo station for HK$1·2bn, whlist Tin Shui Wai station and the light rail interchange will be built by Chun Won, Fujita and Henryvicy for HK$1·1bn. The other two civil contracts went to a joint venture of Hong Kong Construction, Amec, China Railway Construction and China Everbright. These cover Siu Hong station and the approach viaducts (HK$1·4bn) and Tuen Mun station (HK$1·3bn).

Siemens has been awarded the HK$164m railway operating systems contract covering the development and testing of the Main Control System to manage all plant and equipment on the line. Design of the light rail extension and grade separation projects in Tuen Mun will be undertaken by Atkins China Ltd for HK$166m.

  • Hong Kong MTR Corp has called tenders for design and installation of platform screen doors at six underground stations as a pilot for equipping 30 stations across the network at a cost of HK$2·3bn. One platform at Choi Hung station is to be used as a testbed for installation techniques, and the six trial stations are to be fitted by mid-2003. They are: Admiralty, Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok and Prince Edward. All work must be done between 02.00 and 05.00 to avoid service disruptions.