Metro in Hong Kong
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Metro in Hong Kong

Main characteristics

  • number of vehicles: 762 cars
  • carbody: aluminium
  • capacity: 1082
  • length: 70.8 m
  • width: 3.1 m
  • maximum speed: 80 kph
  • power supply: 25 kV 50 Hz

    Customer: Hong Kong Mass Transit Railways
    In service: since 1981
    Manufactured: U.K. & Hong Kong

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Automatic Train Control in Hong Kong
Passenger information system, Hong Kong

Contract : Hong Kong Metro
Customer : Mass Transit Railway Corporation
Main features : Automatic Train Control System
Commercial operation date : 1997

The challenge of this contract was to install a new Automatic Train Control System on three existing metro lines while keeping the lines open to normal operations. The MASTRIA system (SACEM technology), once installed, has permitted an increased utilization of existing metro lines.

Main features: AGATE e-Media with Displays, Controllers & Station Control Units
Customer: Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC)
Commercial operation date: 1999


  • real time destination messages
  • broadcasting of priority messages by the driver when the service is disrupted or in emergency situation
  • broadcasting of advertisement messages
  • fully integrated with the MTRC - WAN fibre optic network

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KCRC Metro

Urban renovation
1996 - Major refurbishment and modernization

Rolling Stock
12 cars x 29 trains, ALSTOM cars
35 Km - 720,000 passengers/day

Complete Train Modernization:

  • design and installation of new interior
  • tap-changer replaced with thyristor propulsion
  • linear fans improving ventilation
  • design and install new, modern front-ends
  • decommission redundant cabs
  • design and install 4 extra doorways to each car

Industrial Organization
Managed and engineered by ALSTOM UK, with work performed at KCRC's workshops.
Initially, materials from the UK - subsequently, Far East supplies, once delivery and quality is assured.

Each 12 car train in 40 days. After the first few trains, the average time 35 days - best performance 32.

Key Results
Improved passenger environment
Improved image
Increased capacity
Faster loading and unloading
Improved safety, reliability
Reduction in operation costs
From: July 1996 to December 2000
6 months to run the first train in test (12 cars)
First train in service 16 months after signing the contract