Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has announced that it has entered into an Entrustment Agreement with the HKSAR Government for the construction of the main works and commissioning of the 17km long, US$4.6bn Shatin to Central Link (SCL). The line is split into two phases between Tai Wai in the north and Admiralty on Hong Kong Island. Phase 1 runs for 11km, 10.6km of which is underground between Tai Wai and Hung Hom Stations, whilst the 6km long entirely underground Phase 2 continues the line from Hung Hom to Admiralty with a 2km crossing of Victoria Harbour.
“The signing of the Entrustment Agreement signifies another major milestone for the railway development in Hong Kong. The new rail link will provide a much-needed railway service to East Kowloon district, including Kai Tak, To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai areas,” said Mr Jay Walder, the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.
“The new rail link will also expand the railway network in Hong Kong, thereby extending connectivity among all districts of Hong Kong.” Mr Walder added. “Construction works will commence immediately and we are committed to maintaining close communication with the local public to minimize the construction impacts on the local communities.”
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SCL consists of 10 stations, 6 of which are interchange stations, namely Tai Wai, Diamond Hill, Ho Man Tin, Hung Hom, Exhibition and Admiralty.
The Phase 1 section between Tai Wai and Hung Hom is scheduled for completion in 2018 and the Phase 2 Hung Hom to Admiralty Section in 2020.
The project is expected to create about 15,000 jobs throughout the construction period.