Hong Kong MTR’s Shatin to Central Link (SCL) project team celebrated the topping out of the Diamond Hill Station Extension on 6 June 2016. This is the third SCL station to be topped out, marking an important milestone for the 17km long, completely underground SCL project.
Diamond Hill Station becomes a new interchange station for the future SCL, and the existing Kwun Tong Line.
Speaking at the celebration, General Manager – SCL & Head of E&M Construction of MTR Corporation Mr TM Lee said, “The Diamond Hill Station Extension is the first interchange station of the SCL with major civil construction works completed. Underneath Lung Cheung Road, works are still being carried out to connect the newly built extension to the existing Diamond Hill Station, and the construction team is taking great care so as not to affect the busy road traffic.”
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Diamond Hill Station is the third SCL station to be topped out after Hin Keng and Kai Tak stations. As the interchange station between the SCL East West Corridor and the existing Kwun Tong Line, the station will provide convenient connections and shorter journey times for passengers travelling between the northern and eastern parts of the New Territories and East Kowloon.
To pave the way for transforming the Station into a major interchange between the SCL and the Kwun Tong Line, station enhancement works at the existing Diamond Hill Station for upgrade with new facilities have also commenced since 2013. Following the opening of new lift and escalators in September last year, another new lift connecting ground level and subway level at A1 exit will be ready for use soon, while two more escalators between concourse and platform levels will also be opened. With the provision of new facilities, passengers at Diamond Hill Station can enjoy greater convenience.
The SCL is a territory-wide strategic railway project comprising the “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” and “Hung Hom to Admiralty Section”. The “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” is expected to be commissioned in 2019, providing faster and more convenient train service for passengers. In the future, it will just take around 6 minutes to travel from Hin Keng in the Eastern New Territories to Kai Tak in Kowloon East.