Before the Kowloon Southern Link
Extension - Kowloon Southern Link
On August 16, 2009, the Kowloon Souther Link opened, connecting West Rail from Nam Cheong to East Rail's East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. West Rail was extended into Hung Hom, with a new station, Austin.
West Rail is a 30.5km twin-track passenger railway with nine stations, linking up Sham Shui Po in West Kowloon, via Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan with Yuen Long and Tuen Mun in the Northwest New Territories.
Each West Rail train is made up of seven cars initially and will be increased to nine cars as rideship grows. 20 trains are operated per hour per direction at 3-minute intervals during peak hours initially while trains are running at intervals of five to twelve minutes during off-peak hours. Service frequency can be increased to 33 trains per hour or at 105-second intervals, carrying a maximum of 100,000 passengers per hour per direction. The maximum train speed is 130 km per hour, average speed is 60 km per hour (including dwell time).
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