Environment & Heritage Preservation

  • Environmental Protection

    The Corporation will ensure that the design, construction and operation of SCL complies with the relevant statutory environmental protection requirements. All necessary measures will be implemented to reduce the project's impact on the public and the environment.

    Independent consultants have been appointed to carefully assess the possible environmental impacts arising from the SCL's construction and operation and propose mitigative measures. Typical mitigative measures will include:


    Air quality

    • Watering to suppress dust in active work areas

    • Cover of stockpile areas with waterproof fabric to prevent fugitive dust

    • Use of dump truck with cover


    Noise

    • Use of low-noise machines

    • Erection of noise barriers or covers

    • Use of noise insulating fabric to cover machinery


    Waste Management

    • Recycling of demolition waste wherever possible

    • Use of drip tray to prevent contamination

    • Chemical waste are handled in accordance with the Code of Practice on the Packaging, Handling and Storage of Chemical Wastes

  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report

    The independent consultants appointed by the Corporation have conducted five environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies to assess the possible environmental impact due to the construction and operation of the SCL, such as water quality, noise, dust and waste management, and to recommend mitigation measures under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance. The five studies cover different sections of the SCL, which include:

    • SCL – Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section – The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 17 February 2012. Please click here to view the simplified EIA report website;
    • SCL – Mong Kok East to Hung Hom Section – The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 17 February 2012. Please click here to view the simplified EIA report website;
    • SCL – Hung Hom to Admiralty Section – The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 17 February 2012. Please click here to view the simplified EIA report website;
    • SCL – Stabling Sidings at Hung Hom Freight Yard – The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 17 February 2012. Please click here to view the simplified EIA report website;
    • SCL – Protection works at Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter – The EIA report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 25 February 2011. Please click here to view the simplified EIA report website;
    • SCL – Advance Works at Ho Man Tin Station – As the advance works at Ho Man Tin Station have been entrusted to the KTE project, The Environmental Impact Assessment of this project was carried out together with that of the KTE. The Report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 19 August 2010. Please click here to view the relevant report;
    • SCL – Advance Works in Admiralty – As the advance works of Admiralty Station have been entrusted to the SIL(E) project, the Environmental Impact Assessment of the works was carried out together with that of the SIL(E). The Report was approved by the Environmental Protection Department on 26 October 2010. Please click here to view the relevant report.
  • Environmental Monitoring and Audit

    The Corporation keeps monitoring the construction impact of the SCL works on the environment. Regular monitoring data and monthly reports will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Department and made available for public viewing.

    • SCL - Mong Kok East to Hung Hom Section – Please click here to view the regular monitoring data and monthly report.
    • SCL - Hung Hom to Admiralty Section – Please click here to view the regular monitoring data and monthly report.
    • SCL – Protection works at Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter – Please click here to view the regular monitoring data and monthly report.
    • SCL – Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section – Please click here to view the regular monitoring data and monthly report.
  • Tree Protection

    The Corporation has prepared plans to preserve trees which will be affected by the project.

    As with other railway projects, an environmental impact assessment to be conducted for SCL will examine the project's impact on trees along the alignment. Trees will be felled only if it is not possible to retain or transplant them. Where trees are removed, the Corporation will plant new ones to compensate the loss after the completion of construction.

    The proper handling method and proposal for compensatory planting will be submitted to the Environmental Protection Department for approval following a public consultation. The Corporation will appoint an independent arboricultural consultant to work out the detailed tree preservation plan and submitted to the relevant government departments for approval in accordance with statutory requirements and the Government's tree preservation guideline. The plan covers:

    • Detailed inspection records for individual trees such as location, tree species and height
    • Proposal to retain, transplant or fell individual trees
    • Compensatory planting
    • Detailed greening plan
    • Recording the details of each affected tree

    • Tree nursery

  • Heritage Preservation

    In the railway scheme gazetted in November 2010, the SCL will pass below some historic buildings, including three historical structures at the former Tai Hom Village (the old pillbox, the former Royal Airforce hangar and the stone house) which will have to be temporarily dismantled and relocated during the project's construction. Based on studies carried out by heritage experts, the Corporation will strive to reassemble them nearby and incorporate them into the railway's design. However, a preliminary structural assessment has shown that the steel frame of the Royal Airforce hangar has corroded badly and part of the frame has already collapsed, while asbestos was found in the structure of the hangar as well as the ceiling of the stone house, so it will be impossible to restore it to their former glory.

    Later, the SCL scheme was amended and gazetted in November 2011, it is proposed to cancel the stabling sidings at the site of the former Tai Hom Village, the stone house is not affected by the SCL works. The Corporation will work closely with the Antiquities and Monuments Office in order to determine the best restoration approach for temporarily relocating the old pillbox and conserving the hangar.