The Hong Kong government has approved the implementation of the Tung Chung Line Extension, announced MTR Corporation. Work on the project is expected to commence this year, with completion scheduled for 2029.
Under the project, the Tung Chung Line will extend westward by about 1.3 km, with a new terminus to be built in Tung Chung West and a new intermediate station at the Tung Chung East new reclamation area between the existing Sunny Bay and Tung Chung stations. The work will involve the diversion of a 1.2-km-long section of the operating tracks at Tung Chung East.
“With a mission to provide quality railway service, the [MTR] Corporation also staunchly supports the building of communities around rail stations in line with the government’s strategy of making railways the backbone of public transport,” said Dr Jacob Kam, CEO of MTR Corporation.
“The Tung Chung Line Extension will cater for the new town development in the Tung Chung East new reclamation area and Tung Chung West, enhancing the connectivity of Lantau North and support the long term, sustainable growth in population and employment opportunities in the area.”
MTR Corporation said it has been in close contact with the community for the implementation of the project, and will continue exchanging ideas with stakeholders. “During the construction, we will comply with the requirements of relevant laws to reduce the potential impact the works might bring to the community,” it added. “At the same time, we will strive to complete the project for service commencement as soon as possible to benefit the people of Hong Kong.”
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