Hong Kong – Around 100 students and District Council representatives from the communities along the Hong Kong Section of High Speed Rail joined hands today (5 May 2018) to plant courtyard greenery at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, where a welcoming green environment is being created around the Station for the public’s enjoyment upon the commissioning of High Speed Rail services this September.
Secretary for Transport and Housing Mr Frank Chan Fan; Principal Government Engineer of the Railway Development Office of the Highways Department Mr Jimmy Chan; Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Mr Lincoln Leong; Corporate Affairs Director of MTR Corporation Ms Linda So and General Manager-XRL of MTR Corporation Mr Simon Tang joined the community representatives for the greening event at the Green Plaza in front of the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station Entrance Building.
Mr Frank Chan Fan said that high-speed rail is a new mode of green transport that will create opportunities for generations. He was so honoured to attend the planting event today with District Council representatives, teachers and students, and leave a historic mark together at this epochal architecture for all Hong Kong citizens. He wished that all youngsters who joined the event today may revisit the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station in future – to witness how the seedlings have grown tall just like them and to embark on new life journeys through highspeed rail.
“The Corporation has always been committed to preserving and creating a green environment as far as possible when building new railways. With Hong Kong West Kowloon Station set to become an iconic new structure for the city, we have made every effort to provide spacious, attractive and publicly accessible open areas with considerable amount of trees and plants to create an urban oasis for leisure and relaxation in the heart of Hong Kong,” said Mr Lincoln Leong, Chief Executive Officer of the MTR Corporation.
“Soft landscaping works commenced last December with more than 700 trees and shrubs suitable for local weather, such as Autumn Maple, White Orchid and Tabebuia Chrysantha, are selected to be planted to form this more than three-hectare green area atop and surrounding the Station and the adjacent West Kowloon Station Bus Terminus. This will serve as a barrierfree pedestrian corridor at the ground level, and provide a convenient and pleasant walking environment connected to nearby developments for the community’s enjoyment,” Mr Leong added.
In parallel with the planting of greenery, the remaining works inside and around the Station are in full swing and the overall project completion had reached 99.4% as of end-March 2018. Trial operations for the High Speed Rail are underway and the Corporation will continue to make every endeavour to achieve the targeted commissioning in September this year. Upon service commencement, the High Speed Rail will not only provide a safe, convenient and comfortable new option for cross-boundary travel, but also help to reinforce Hong Kong’s connectivity with the Mainland thus strengthening exchanges and fostering collaboration between Hong Kong and major Mainland cities.