Associated Works and Other Arrangements
Immersed Tube Tunnel
The proposed SCL extends the East Rail Line to Admiralty via the fourth cross-harbour rail tunnel. Two sections of the tunnel near the waterfront of Hung Hom and Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter will be built using cut-and-cover method, while the rest of the tunnel will be built using immersed tubes.
The Corporation has conducted substantial research in order to locate the most suitable place for the immersed tube tunnel casting yard. Due to various constraints, Shek O Quarry has been identified as the only suitable venue for SCL immersed tube tunnel casting yard. The Corporation has consulted the Southern District Council on the proposed usage of the quarry.
The Government has commissioned the Corporation to carry out improvement works on pedestrian links in Tsz Wan Shan to provide residents with convenient access to rail services. The improved pedestrian links could also facilitate barrier free access in the district.
Major pedestrian facilities improvement works include:
- Pedestrian link from Tsz Oi Court to Tsz Lok Estate
- Escalator and stairs along Yuk Wah Street
- Lift adjacent to the existing footbridge connecting Wan Wah Street in Tsz Lok Estate ( Phase II )
- Lift between Ching Ming House and Ching Hong House in Tsz Ching Estate
- Lift adjacent to the existing multi-storey car park at Tsz Man Estate to connect the footbridge across Tsz Wan Shan Road
- Lift adjacent to the existing stair in Tsz Hong Estate to Yuk Wah Street
- Footbridge across Yuk Wah Street to connect the existing footbridge across Po Kong Village Road
- Covered walkway and lift along Po Kong Village Road
- Lift to connect the existing footbridge system at the junction of Po Kong Village Road and Fung Tak Road
- Covered walkway along Fung Tak Road
- Lift and stairs to connect the existing footbridge system at the junction of Fung Tak Road and Lung Poon Street
Photomontage of the pedestrian link from Tsz Oi Court to Tsz Lok Estate
Photomontage of the escalator and stairs along Yuk Wah Street
Photomontage of the footbridge across Yuk Wah Street to connect existing footbridge across Po Kong Village Road
Photomontage of the covered walkway and lift along Po Kong Village Road
Photomontage of the covered walkway along Fung Tak Road
Photomontage of the lift and stairs to connect the existing footbridge system at the junction of Fung Tak Road and Lung Poon Street
To provide easy access for residents of Ho Man Tin Estate and Oi Man Estate to the Ho Man Tin Station, it is suggested to build pedestrian links including footbridge, covered walkway, elevator and escalator, providing a direct and convenient connection with the railway network.
During the construction of the SCL, some existing community facilities will be demolished and temporarily reprovisioned. To minimise the impact of these works on local communities, the Corporation will put in place the replacement facilities first before demolishing the existing facilities.
As SCL traverses so many districts, including some of the most densely developed urban areas in Hong Kong, it is inevitable that the railway line will pass under some private lots, thus requiring the resumption of their underground strata.
The Corporation is very experienced in building railway tunnels in the urban areas. When designing railway facilities, its approach is to study the drawings and records of the foundations of buildings provided by the Buildings Department, conduct ground investigation and assessment, consider the railway line's impact on adjacent buildings and incorporate suitable protective works into the design. The design will be submitted to Highways Department and other relevant government departments for approval to ensure it complies with the standards of safety stipulated under the Buildings Ordinance and related regulations. By and large there is sufficient distance between the foundations of buildings located along the SCL railway tunnels. The structural integrity of these buildings will not be affected by the construction and operation of SCL.
Should it be necessary to resume the underground strata in some areas, the buildings' management office, their Incorporated owners and individual landlords will be informed by the relevant government departments and the Corporation before the stratum resumption exercise begins. The Corporation will also undertake a thorough condition survey of the buildings in the areas affected and record their existing condition before construction begins, as a safeguard for landlords and residents. During construction, existing buildings and structures will be closely monitored. The Corporation and contractors will also undertake to repair any damage to buildings caused by the railway works as soon as possible. Anyone who believes that their properties or rights have been affected by the railway works can demand compensation in accordance with the Railways Ordinance. Such claims can be made in writing to the Secretary for Transport and Housing one year from the date of the completion of the railway works.
Temporary Traffic Management Scheme
During the construction of SCL, traffic in the vicinity of the construction sites may be affected. Roads and pavements may be temporarily closed or diverted. The Corporation will appoint an independent consultant to carefully assess the possible impact of the construction works on nearby traffic and formulate temporary traffic management schemes to minimise the project's impact on traffic flow. The introduction of mitigative measures such as the erection of direction signages and appointment of traffic ambassadors to assist road users will be discussed with the relevant government departments and concerned stakeholders.
The Corporation will strive to maintain good communication by inviting the community and government officials to join our regular community liaison group meeting, to obtain the latest information on construction progress and impact.