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Works Introduction and Progress Update

Works of Tuen Ma Line

Construction works of the full Tuen Ma Line, including the construction of new stations and railway tunnels of the Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section, as well as the improvement works for the railway facilities of the former West Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line, have completed. The full Tuen Ma Line has commenced passenger service on 27 June 2021. The remaining non-railway works of the Tuen Ma Line, including the reinstatement and road works, is ongoing.

  • Non railway works of TML

    The outstanding non-railway works under Tuen Ma Line includes: Ma Chai Hang Playground reinstatement works and the road work connecting the lower deck of Wong Tai Sin Public Transport Terminus and Shatin Pass Road.

    Ma Chai Hang Recreation Ground reinstatement works

    (as of July 2021)

    To facilitate the Tuen Ma Line works, part of the Ma Chai Hang Recreation Ground was demolished to make way for the ventilation building and emergency vehicular access between Hin Keng and Ma Chai Hang railway tunnel. As the above works have been completed, the reinstatement of Ma Chai Hang Recreation Ground will commence. The relevant facilities and environment will be upgraded upon works completion.

    Detailed design of the reprovisioned Ma Chai Hang Recreation Ground has commenced in September 2020 and is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2022. The works will be carried out in two phases and expected to complete in end 2024.

    Road work connecting the Wong Tai Sin Public Transport Terminus (PTT) and Shatin Pass Road

    (as of July 2021)

    To facilitate the road work, temporary traffic management schemes are implemented in phases, including the partial closure of the carriageway and relocation of green minibus stops on Shatin Pass Road temporarily. Depending on the coordination with various stakeholders, it is expected that the entire construction project can start in the third quarter of 2021 and be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

Works of existing East Rail Line and cross harbour section

The existing East Rail Line will extend across the harbour. Passengers of northeast New Territories can reach Hong Kong Island directly and save travelling time significantly.

  • Works of existing East Rail Line and cross harbour section

    (As of July 2021)

    Works on the existing East Rail Line

    1. New signalling system and new trains on the East Rail Line

    In preparation for the East Rail Line (EAL) extension across the harbour to Admiralty Station, the new signalling system and some of the new 9-car trains were put into service in February 2021. The new 9-car trains will gradually replace the existing 12-car trains. During the period of mixed fleet operations, new trains will be in service alongside the existing 12-car trains, subject to the fleet deployment schedule. Measures have been introduced in stations to facilitate passengers’ familiarisation with the new boarding and alighting arrangements, including posting of prominent blue and green signs on platforms, information display panels, clear public announcements and deployment of additional customer service staff to assist passengers.

    2. Bifurcation Works for the Cross-Harbour Section of the East Rail Line

    Critical bifurcation works for the cross-harbour section of the East Rail Line (EAL) are underway to connect the existing EAL railway section south of Mong Kok East to the new platforms of Hung Hom Station, the cross-harbour railway tunnel and Admiralty Station. To facilitate the bifurcation, train service on the EAL between Mong Kok East and Hung Hom stations will be suspended on selected Sundays between January and October 2021. The Corporation will announce each suspension date at least one week in advance, reminders on alternative transportation options for passengers will be provided through advance notice and public announcements at EAL stations, the MTR website (www.mtr.com.hk) as well as MTR Mobile.

    3. Platform strengthening and Automatic Platform Gates Installation on East Rail Line

    Some East Rail Line (EAL) stations are with long history, platform structures have to be strengthened in order to support the extra weight required for the installation of Automatic Platform Gates (APGs). Most platform strengthening works were completed, and some early preparation for fitting APGs is now underway. Due to the different door locations on the new 9-car trains and 12-car trains, installation of the APGs can only be commenced after the existing train fleet being replaced by the new 9-car trains.

  • Works of the Cross Harbour Section

    The Cross harbour Section of the SCL includes the construction of the 4th cross-harbour railway tunnel to connect Hung Hom with the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (CBTS). The immersed tube method (IMT) was used to build this section of tunnel, while the cut-and-cover method was employed to build the section of tunnel at Hung Hom offshore.

    According to the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance (PHO), all reclamation (including temporary reclamation) must have an overriding public need. To demonstrate there is an overriding public need for the reclamation works under the SCL project, the Corporation organised a series of public consultations with members of the public, District Councils, professional bodies and harbour protection organisations from June to December 2009. In July 2010, a report on “Cogent and Convincing Materials to Demonstrate Compliance with the Overriding Public Need Test” was prepared to indicate that the proposed reclamation satisfies the requirements of the PHO.

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    Tunnel construction works at offshore Hung Hom

    • Construction of the North Ventilation Building and all relevant statutory inspections are complete.


    Tunnel construction works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (CBTS)

    (as of June 2021)

    The SCL and the Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) tunnel will interface at the CBTS. To minimise the nuisance caused by the construction work to the community, the Corporation entrusted the CWB project to construct a 160m long SCL tunnel at the CWB. The 160m long SCL tunnel was completed in June 2014. For more details of the Protection Works at Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, please visit "Progress Updates – Protection Works" by Click Here.

    Due to limited space in the CBTS, the Corporation has been working closely with the CWB project to minimise possible impact to users. The vessels within the CBTS were relocated according to the work progress of the SCL’s cross-harbour tunnel works. Following the completion of tunnel works, Phase 1 reinstatement of mooring components for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is complete and other mooring arrangements of the CBTS are being reinstated in phases accordingly.

    • Marine work in the CBTS for SCL is completed. To suit the schedule of the seabed improvement works in CBTS by another government infrastructure project, reinstatement of mooring arrangements for vessels previously affected by CWB and SCL works will be conducted in phases. Phase 1 reinstatement of mooring arrangements for the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is now complete.

    Works inside the cross harbour railway tunnel

    (as of June 2021)

    • At the cross-harbour railway tunnel, overall works including the installation of major E&M systems are complete. Following the overhead line energisation in late March 2021, testing along the section has commenced.
  • Works of Hong Kong Island Section

    (as of June 2021)

    Construction work for the Hong Kong Island Section of the SCL includes building of Exhibition Centre Station, railway tunnels connecting the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter and Admiralty Station, as well as ventilation and related facilities of the SCL at Admiralty Station. The work also includes reprovisioning of Harbour Road Sports Centre, Wan Chai Swimming Pool, the Police Officers’ Club and postal facilities at Fleet Arcade.

    Tunnel boring machines have been deployed for the construction of railway tunnel between Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter and Exhibition Centre Station, and the tunnel from Fenwick Pier Street to Admiralty Station. The cut-and-cover method has been used for the construction of Exhibition Centre Station and the tunnel from Exhibition Centre Station to Fenwick Pier Street.

    Construction of the SCL facilities at Admiralty Station and a 200-metre overrun tunnel section to the south of Admiralty Station entrusted to the South Island Line (East) project have been completed. Remaining SCL works at Admiralty Station including the overrun tunnel by drill and blast method and installation of relevant facilities are also substantially complete.

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  • Construction of railway tunnels of Hong Kong Island Section

    • Railway tunnels of the Hong Kong Island Section

      Overall works for the tunnels including the installation of major E&M systems for are complete.
    • South Ventilation Building works site near Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
      Fitting-out, E&M and building services installation works at the South Ventilation Building works site are substantially complete. Statutory inspections are underway.
    • Tunnel Approach Rest Garden

      The Garden, including the model car play area and children’s play equipment, has been reinstated and opened for public use after being handed over to the relevant Government departments in late February 2021. The temporary model car play area at Gloucester Road Garden has ceased operation.
    • Hong Kong Park works site
      Reinstatement work at the Hong Kong Park works site is complete. Statutory inspections for the ventilation building at Hong Kong Park are complete.
  • Exhibition Centre Station

    (as of June 2021)

      Construction works for the 3-level underground Exhibition Centre Station and the relevant railway facilities in the Wan Chai North area are ongoing. Exhibition Centre Station was topped out in November 2020, while architectural builder’s works and finishes, E&M and building services installation works are progressing in full swing and road reinstatement is in progress.

  • Temporary Traffic Management Scheme (TTMS)

    (as of June 2021)

    To facilitate SCL construction works and the road construction works in Wan Chai North entrusted to the SCL project by relevant Government departments., TTMSs continue to be implemented in stages in the vicinity of Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, areas in Wan Chai North and Admiralty. Major TTMSs are as follows:

    • Temporary Wan Chai North Public Transport Interchange

      To facilitate the construction of Exhibition Centre Station, the former Wan Chai Ferry Pier Public Transport Interchange was temporarily relocated to new reclaimed area since May 2015. For the convenience of bus passengers, temporary bus stops are provided at Convention Avenue, Fleming Road, Harbour Road and Expo Drive East. The Public Transport Interchange will be reinstated at its original location after the completion of the construction work. Subject to works progress, reinstatement works are expected to be completed by 2022.
    • Junction of Convention Avenue, Fleming Road and Expo Drive East
      Temporary traffic management schemes continue to be implemented at the junction of Convention Avenue, Fleming Road, Expo Drive East and Road P2. A new stage of the temporary traffic management scheme has been implemented since March 2019. Convention Avenue (Westbound) has been shifted northward, while the vehicle U-turn on Expo Drive East has been shifted southward to return to its original location. The associated bus stop has been relocated accordingly.
    • Convention Avenue and Hung Hing Road
      To facilitate the road improvement works entrusted to the SCL project by the Government, a new stage of temporary traffic management scheme on Convention Avenue as well as the section of Hung Hing Road between Tonnochy Road and Marsh Road has been implemented since late-June 2021. Hung Hing Road westbound carriageway of that section has slightly shifted southwards.
    • Convention Avenue new footbridge Further fitting-out works continue on the reprovisioned footbridge across Convention Avenue as part of the final finishes.
  • Admiralty Station SCL Related Works

    (as of June 2021)

    Architectural builder’s works and finishes, building services, and E&M works including escalator installation are substantially complete. Installation of the skylight at the new station Entrance E at Rodney Street is complete. Testing and commissioning for the railway systems and facilities such as station control system, fire services system and escalators are also substantially complete.

  • Reprovisioning of Harbour Road Sports Centre and Wan Chai Swimming Pool

    (Last updated: July 2017)

    The Exhibition Centre Station is located under the former Wan Chai Ferry Pier Public Transport Interchange, the former Wan Chai Swimming Pool (WCSP) and the former Harbour Road Sports Centre (HRSC). As the station is constructed using the cut-and-cover method, the HRSC and WCSP have already been permanently relocated to the former public hourly car park in the south to vacate areas for station construction. The old facilities have been demolished following the completion of the reprovisioning works.

    • hki_img3 Wan Chai Swimming Pool
      The reprovisioning works for the new Wan Chai Swimming Pool were completed. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department took over the management and operation of the reprovisioned facility in October 2015.
    • hki_img3 Harbour Road Sports Centre
      The reprovisioning works for the new sports centre were completed. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department took over the management and operation of the reprovisioned facility in end April 2017.