The capital intensive nature of our industry has traditionally made it difficult for railway companies to secure the financing that they need to operate and grow. In this context, it is crucially important that we are able to deliver financial returns for our shareholders while also generating steady revenue streams to finance asset maintenance and service enhancements, construct new railways, and to do so in a way that is consistent with corporate responsibility.
We use a number of proven financing models such as the Rail plus Property model, Public-Private Partnerships and operating franchises to support delivery of high quality railway services over the long term. The Rail plus Property model and fares for Hong Kong transport operations are two particularly important components of our financial performance that are highlighted in this section.
In other sections of this report, you can read about how we invest continuously to maintain, improve and expand our services for customers, and learn about our plans for construction of new railway lines.