FOR MTR fans, the launch of the new South Island Line (南港島綫) with its four new stations was a happy occasion. Up to a hundred of them were waiting at the gates of South Horizons (海怡半島) station in the wee hours of the morning, just so that they could take a ride on the first train on this line.
Two youngsters, both 11, said they had been waiting at South Horizons station since 1.30am. One lives in Shatin (沙田) and the other in Tsz Wan Shan (慈雲山); they agreed to go to the station together. They even drew a poster, which they hoped to give to one of the MTR executives.
Mrs Shek and her young son, who is another train enthusiast, began their journey from Tsuen Wan (荃灣) to South Horizons at 3.30 am, just so that they could take the 5.55am train. The Primary 6 student said his passion for trains began several years ago and he wanted to witness the launch of a new line.
Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen (梁國權), the MTRC’s CEO, pushed the button to open the gates of the station at exactly 5.15am. He pointed out that exactly two years ago, the Western Extension to the Island Line was opened. The MTR now connects all 18 districts of Hong Kong.