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Related Works On East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line

Platform strengthening works are being carried out now at the East Rail Line Stations, while platform and roof extension works are now in progress along the Ma On Shan Line Stations. These works will allow for the installation of Automatic Platform Gates(APGs) closer to the Shatin to Central Link opening. To avoid impacting normal railway services, these works could only be carried out during the few overnight hours after normal train service. Follow our engineer to check out the challenges of such works. Please click the picture below to check out the challenges of such works. (In Chinese Only)


RTHK programme shows overnight maintenance and station modification works

When the train service has ended for the day, it is just the beginning of the flurry works for the station maintenance and modifications! Platform modification works are ongoing at Ma On Shan Line stations to facilitate the future 8-car train operation of the Shatin to Central Link. The construction team makes good use of the few overnight hours to carry out works including road closure and lifting of machinery and materials. On the other hand, engineers grab every second to check and maintain the operating railway facilities, so as to provide passengers with highly reliable and efficient train service. RTHK TV Programme “Hong Kong Story” shows us how MTR Corporation’s engineers race with time to finish all the maintenance and station improvement works after the last train departs!

  1. Video for RTHK TV Programme “Hong Kong Story”
    (In Cantonese only)

Preliminary Works for Automatic Platform Gates Retrofitting works along East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line

Under the SCL Project, nearly 2,300 Automatic Platform Gates (APGs) will be retrofitted on 53 platforms at 21 stations along the East Rail Line(EAL) and Ma On Shan Line(MOL). Preliminary Works for the retrofitting of APGs is going underway. It is expected that the APGs along EAL will be completed by 2020, while APG retrofitting on MOL stations are expected to be completed by 2017, one year earlier than originally scheduled.

Works Arrangement

Retrofitting platform gates in an operating railway is always challenging. To avoid interrupting normal train service for passengers, works can only be carried out for 3 to 4 hours overnight after train service has ended for the day. As some East Rail Line stations are about 100 years old, the platform structure has to be strengthened to support the extra weight of the APGs, as well as the additional wind loads that the APGs must withstand. This requires the installation of steel bars and brackets at the platform. Moreover, the curvature at some existing platforms will be adjusted to narrow the gap between the train and the platform. As the platform gates will have to work along with the new train fleet and signalling system so as to ensure the stopping accuracy needed to align the train doors with the APGs for MTR to maintain a highly reliable train service. Therefore, the new signalling system and new trains will have to be in operation before any gates can be installed.

As most of the East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line stations are located above ground, extra care must be taken so as not to disturb nearby residents. The noisy part of works overnight will be conducted inside the “mobile sound insulation booth” which reduces noise levels by around 20 decibels.

Progress Updates

(Last updated: May 2014)

EAL Platform Modification Works
MTR made use of the summer break of horse racing to strengthen the station platforms to pave the way for the future installation of APGs at East Rail Line stations along with the Shatin to Central Link project. Similar platform modification works at other East Rail Line stations have been progressively started since November 2013.


  • Racecourse Station
    The construction of APG Room is currently in progress at Racecourse Station.

  • Sheung Shui Station 
    Platform strengthening works such as coping stone removal and bracket installation are ongoing at Sheung Shui Station.

  • Fanling Station
    Platform strengthening works such as coping stone removal and bracket installation are ongoing at Fanling Station.

  • Tai Po Market Station
    The construction of APG room and platform strengthening works are underway at Tai Po Market Station.

  • Tai Wo Station 
    The construction of new Customer Service Centre is underway in the concourse at Tai Wo Station. Platform strengthening works are also being carried out on site.

MOL Modification Works
Modification works are required at stations along the MOL to tie in with the future 8-car train operation configuration of "East West Corridor". Major modification works include:

- extension of station platforms and roofs;
- retrofitting of automatic platform gates;
- enhancement of electrical and mechanical facilities;
- retrofitting of noise enclosures at Tai Wai Station and viaduct near Fok On Garden; and
- extension of overrun viaducts at Wu Kai Sha Station

The modification works along MOL commenced gradually in end 2012. Works will mainly be carried out during nonoperational hours so the train services of the MOL will not be affected.


  • Tai Wai Station
    Preparation works for automatic platform gates (APGs) retrofitting and APG Room are currently in progress at Tai Wai Station.

  • Che Kung Temple Station
    Roof extensions and the preparation works for APG retrofitting are underway at Che Kung Temple Station.

  • Sha Tin Wai Station
    Roof extensions are currently in progress at Sha Tin Wai Station. The construction of APG Room has been completed.

  • City One Station
    Roof extensions are currently in progress at City One Station. The construction of APG Room has been completed.

  • Shek Mun Station
    Roof extensions are currently in progress at Shek Mun Station. The construction of APG Room has been completed.

  • Tai Shui Hang Station
    Roof extensions are currently in progress at Shek Mun Station. The construction of APG Room has been completed.

  • Heng On Station
    Preparation works for APG retrofitting and APG Room are currently in progress at Heng On Station.

  • Ma On Shan Station
    Preparation works for APG retrofitting and APG Room are currently in progress at Ma On Shan Station.

  • Wu Kai Sha Station
    Preparation works for APG retrofitting are being carried out on the existing platform at Wu Kai Sha Station. Roof extensions are currently in progress, while the overrun viaducts extensions are also underway on site.

Notice on stations along East Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line
(November 2013)

Construction Notices


Temporary Traffic Arrangements

Tentative Period Affected Area  
15 May to
mid July 2014
Shatin to Central Link (SCL) – Widening of pedestrian crossing on Chap Wai Kon Street, City One Station Please click here for Notice
8 May 2014 to
4th quarter of 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Sai Sha Road, Ma On Shan Station Please click here for Notice
13 April 2014 to
4th quarter of 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Overrun viaduct extensions at Wu Kai Sha Station Please click here for Notice
8 April 2014 to
3rd quarter of 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Sai Sha Road, Heng On Station Please click here for Notice
10 February 2014 to
Mid December 2014
Construction of Overrun Viaduct Extensions at Wu Kai Sha Station – Temporary Narrowing of Pedestrian Subway Please click here for Notice
16 January 2014 to
2nd Quarter of 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Che Kung Miu Road, Che Kung Temple Station Please click here for Notice
3 January 2014 to
2nd Quarter of 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Night Time Lifting Operations at Shek Mun Station Please click here for Notice
2 January to
late February 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Platform Extensions at Heng On Station Please click here for Notice
9 December 2013 to
late January 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Platform Extensions at Wu Kai Sha Station Please click here for Notice
15 November to
late December 2013
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Platform Extensions at City One Station Please click here for Notice
December 2013 to
July 2014
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Ma On Shan Road, Tai Shui Hang Station Please click here for Notice
11 October 2013 to 2nd Quarter of 2014 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Yat Tai Street, Sha Tin Wai Station Please click here for Notice
2 October 2013 to 1st Quarter of 2014 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Arrangements on Chap Wai Kon Street, City One Station Please click here for Notice
29 July to 2 August 2013 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Road Reinstatement Works at Mei Tin Road, Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
20 May 2013 to late February 2014 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary Traffic Management Scheme at Sai Sha Road, Wu Kai Sha Station Please click here for Notice
9 & 15 May 2013 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
15, 22 & 25 April 2013 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
2, 5, 8 & 10 April 2013 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
26-27 March 2013 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
15 March
to late April 2013
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Temporary narrowing of a section of footpath at Yat Tai Street, Sha Tin Wai Station Please click here for Notice
19-20 February 2013,
25-26 February 2013
Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice
18-19 December 2012 Platform Modification Works for Ma On Shan Line Stations – Installation of Noise Enclosure at Tai Wai Station Please click here for Notice