The Government today (July 21) gazetted the railway scheme for the Penny's Bay Rail Link (PBRL) under the Railways Ordinance.
The PBRL will offer a 3.5-minute ride through the 3.5 km long single-track rail system. It will connect a new Yam O station on the existing Tung Chung Line to Penny's Bay where the Hong Kong Disneyland (HKD) will be located. This rail link is expected to be built and operated by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited (MTRCL) and this will be it's first rail project after privatization.
"The gazettal is a solid step towards the planning and construction of the HKD and its related infrastructure.
"To provide a fast and comfortable passage to the HKD, the PBRL will be the key component of our rail-based transport plan for the HKD. We understand from MTRCL that, in order to enhance the "experience" for the passengers, the stations and the train cars will be designed to emphasize the recreational nature of this shuttle ride and this will also be reflected in the stations.
"Among all transport modes, the PBRL will provide the most efficient and environmental friendly service for the visitors of the theme park. It will be able to carry well over 7,000 passengers per hour and provisions have been planned for the capacity to be doubled if demand builds up," a Government spokesman said.
As provided for under the Railways Ordinance, members of the public have the right to raise objection to the railway scheme for the PBRL from now till September 19, 2000.
The scheme and the relevant plans are available for inspection at the Central and Western District Office, the Islands District Office and its Mui Wo sub-office, Tsuen Wan District Office and the Islands District Lands Office during normal office hours.
End/Friday, July 21, 2000