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MTR tests additional multi-user areas on trains

From 10 May 2008, three trains on the Island Line will be fitted with six additional multi-user areas offering more convenience to passengers in wheelchairs as well as those travelling with baby prams and luggage.

At present, there is one multi-user area in each of the eight carriages on MTR Island Line trains. The six new multi-user areas will be added in the fourth and fifth carriages of the trains, bringing the total number of these areas to 14 on each train.

“We believe the location of the new multi-user areas will be particularly welcomed by passengers in wheelchairs travelling in groups,” said Mr Wilfred Lau, Head of Operations of MTR Corporation. “Each multi-user area can accommodate two manually operated wheelchairs or one electric wheelchair. With only one such space in each train carriage now, wheelchair passengers travelling together have to ride in separate train cars. The change will allow eight manually operated wheelchair passengers or four in electric operated wheelchairs to travel together in the same train car.”

The extended multi-user areas on the three trains will be put on trial for three months. During that period, the Corporation will conduct surveys to collect feedback from passengers to gauge the feasibility of extending the additional multi-user areas to more trains.

MTR tests additional multi-user areas on trains
MTR tests additional multi-user areas on trains