KK Lee is a railwayman through and through, having started his career with KCRC 41 years ago when he was just 16 years old. He has seen many changes in the railway industry, and is keen to put lessons learnt on the West and East rail projects to good use on new KCRC projects.
'We had problems with the signalling on West Rail because we didn't carry out enough trials.
The same happened on the East Rail, although to a lesser extent. We just implemented the project by looking at the specification and delivery, not with the end users in mind, ' says Lee. He explains that electromagnetic interference caused the signalling system on both lines to fail upon handover, causing delays of up to 45 minutes.
West Rail's teething problems, Lee says, were the result of the maintenance contractor not being consulted during the design stage.
The Lok Ma Chau spur includes a new fault detection system and is equipped with areas where maintenance contractors can store spare parts. The result should be that any faults are resolved much more quickly.