THE proposed Western Corridor Railway linking Tuen Mun North and Western Kowloon is a welcome gift to many Tuen Mun residents, including Portia Jim Ng Mi-kin and her two children. Until now, Mrs Jim has taken her six-year-old daughter Wing-yee and Wai-lun, 11, each day to schools on Hong Kong island. Her morning starts with a long, tedious ferry trip from Tuen Mun to Central which takes at least 11/2 hours, including waiting time. It ends when she queues for a returning boat in the evening which always takes an extra 15 minutes waiting time. 'The railway will not change my daily routine of taking a ferry to Central but it certainly helps when I go to Kowloon with my children,' says Mrs Jim. 'Also, it will be more convenient if we go out at night, because the ferry only runs until around 8pm. 'I prefer taking the train to buses because it's safer and more punctual. The rail will definitely give those working in Kowloon an easier time,' she added. The new railway starts in Tuen Mun North, via Kam Tin, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai before it terminates at a station in West Kowloon. Estimates by the Transport Branch suggest that the journey will take about 50 to 55 minutes.