TWENTY more light rail trains will be running between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long within two years following complaints by residents about overcrowding. Longer trains will be used to expand capacity and ease overcrowding on platforms during peak hours. But passengers can expect only a 30-second cut in waiting times, despite the launch of the fleet as soon as August 1997. The scheme is part of a $500 million package announced by the Light Rail Transit. Twenty-six platforms will be widened. Head of operations Li Yan-tai admitted the move was in response to passengers' concerns over crowded compartments and platforms. He could not provide the number of complaints. The system carries about 332,000 passengers between Tuen Mun, Tin Shui Wai and Yuen Long every day - almost double the daily patronage of 171,000 when it was launched in 1988. Director Jonathan Yu Hoy-gin said the expansion could boost capacity by 20 per cent and was expected to be able to cope with demand until the turn of the century. Mr Yu said the firm planned to run more coupled carriages with the fleet. A light rail carriage is 20 metres long and can carry up to 220 passengers. 'The average waiting time for a route will be reduced from 61/2 minutes to about six minutes. But bearing in mind we will have 120 vehicles running eight routes at a time, a passenger going to some midway stations can expect to get on in as little as one minute,' Mr Yu said. A contract had been signed with Australian contractor A. Goninan & Company. The vehicles will be delivered in August 1997. Mr Yu said they would have wider doors and hand rails would be placed in the inner part of the compartment to discourage people from standing at the doors. The package also includes the installation of a digital display board in the compartment and taped announcement system. However, it does not include improvements to the rail crossings system, blamed for confusing drivers and causing accidents. Tuen Mun District Board member Au Chi-yuen yesterday said he was pleased with the programme but suggested the company build longer platforms. 'It could be difficult to widen some of the platforms, like the ones in Tuen Mun Town Centre and [Yuen Long] Tai Tong Road stations, because of physical constraints.' 'You cannot narrow the roads to widen the platforms. But it is possible to build longer platforms so that each can accommodate at least two vehicles at a time.'