•   1. When will the SCL be completed?  

    Commenced in mid-2012, the construction works of the SCL were affected by various factors, including the archaeological works at Sung Wong Toi Station site, late land handover in Wan Chai North, and complicated underground conditions. With the mitigation measures being implemented, some of the delay caused by the above factors has been recovered.

    The Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section is expected to be completed in mid-2019 and Hung Hom to Admiralty Section, is expected to be completed in 2021.

  •   2. How much will the construction of the SCL cost?  

    Due to the continuing challenges faced by the SCL project, the cost estimate will need to be revised upwards significantly to include the additional HK$4.1 billion that was previously reported in 2014 as a result of the archaeological finds in the work sites of Sung Wong Toi Station, as well as the additional cost for the late handover of construction sites at Exhibition Centre Station, the previously unbudgeted foundation works for top-side development at Exhibition Centre Station and other factors.

    The Corporation has submitted the latest Cost to Complete estimate to Government and stands ready to provide any further information required to assist the Government in its review of such estimate.


    Could we make use of the existing depot facilities instead of building the stabling sidings in other districts?


    As the existing Pat Heung Depot is far away from stations along the SCL Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section while Tai Wai Depot only has enough room to accommodate the Ma On Shan Line trains, neither of these two depots will be able to meet the train deployment requirement for the Tuen Ma Line during the morning peak hours.

    To facilitate future railway operations, the stabling sidings for the Tuen Ma Line trains are now under construction at the former Hung Hom Freight Yard for cleaning and inspection for the SCL trains.


    As most of the tunnels and stations of SCL passes underground, will the construction works of SCL bring nuisance to daily life of the residents?


    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. Nevertheless, in designing the SCL alignment, every effort has been made to reduce the need for resumption of land, underground strata or buildings so as to minimize the effects on local residents.

    The MTR Corporation is well experienced in building underground railway stations and tunnels in densely populated areas in Hong Kong, and there has been no incident affecting building safety. Measures will be taken during the design and construction stages, as well as the operating stage so as to ensure that the design and construction would comply with the standards stipulated under related regulations, and the impact of railway construction works on the existing buildings are kept to a minimum with no adverse effects on their structural safety and integrity.


    Why is there a need to have Hin Keng Station?


    Hin Keng Station is located at the junction of Che Kung Miu Road and Hin Keng Street. The provision of Hin Keng Station will facilitate access to the recreational facilities in Hin Keng area, including the Hin Tin Playground, Hin Tin Swimming Pool, Hin Keng Shopping Centre, Tin Keng Sports Centre and the schools nearby. It will also relieve congestion at Tai Wai Station and provide fast and reliable railway service to the residents in the area.


    The East Rail Line (EAL) is already heavily congested. Will the reduction in train configuration from 12 cars to 9 cars aggravate the congestion?


    The Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section is expected to be completed by mid-2019 to form Tuen Ma Line, which will provide a new railway line between the New Territories and urban districts. It is estimated that about 20% of the south-bound passengers from the New Territories will then be diverted to the Tuen Ma Line, relieving the congestion of the EAL during peak hours.

    The EAL will extend across the harbour and run in 9-car train configuration instead of 12-car configuration due to the geographical constraints on Hong Kong Island. The EAL is currently upgrading its signalling system and it is expected that the train frequency during peak hours is allowed to be increased to around 2 minutes upon commissioning of the SCL. With the new signalling system and more frequent train service, the carrying capacity of EAL will be similar to the current service level.

    Upon the full completion of the SCL, the overall railway carrying capacity between North New Territories/ South New Territories and Kowloon will be significantly increased. The Tuen Ma Line will run in 8-car trains. 7-car trains on the West Rail Line and 4-car trains on the Ma On Shan Line have been converted to eight cars. The passenger capacity of the West Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line has been increased by 14% and 100% respectively.

    The current design capacity of the SCL has taken into consideration the increased passenger demand due to the annual 1.5% to 1.8% population growth along the EAL and Ma On Shan Line from 2021, as well as the increase in the number of cross-boundary passengers from the Mainland.


    What are the arrangements for vessels in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (CBTS) that are affected by the SCL?


    Since both the SCL and Central-Wan Chai Bypass (CWB) tunnel pass through the CBTS, moorings within the CBTS have to be relocated to facilitate the works. Prior to the commencement of CWB’s construction, some vessels have been relocated outside the CBTS, while the mooring arrangements within CBTS were temporarily relocated according to the projects progress. Since the area for construction within CBTS is limited, the SCL works need to coordinate with the CWB project, so as to minimise the impact to the public.

    The last section of SCL works within CBTS has commenced and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018. By that time, the mooring facilities within CBTS will be reinstated, and those vessels having been relocated earlier to facilitate CWB and SCL construction works could be returned to CBTS progressively.


    The Government has always emphasized consultations through District Council meetings, meetings with residents, roving exhibitions as well as project highlights and information on the web. Will you consider using more innovative consultation methods in the future, so that more people can understand the importance of these railway facilities as well as the overall design and planning of the rail network?

    The Corporation has extensive experience in the planning and construction of railway works. We also understand the community's concern over the impact of these works. In order to improve the consultation process, the Corporation and the Government have reviewed past consultations with a view towards strengthening communication with the public via a variety of channels:
    • Provide simpler, more concise information illustrated with images and videos to make it easier for members of the public to understand the project's details and the issues that concern them most;
    • Strengthen communication with the community through district introductory talks, exhibitions and websites apart from formal meetings so that the relevant information is available for reference at all times;
    • Systematically organise all information related to the project's planning and consultations in a user-friendly format

    Why ventilation facilities are required for an underground railway system? Will it affect the nearby residents?


    Ventilation facilities are indispensable railway system similar to the window of a building, ventilation facilities bring fresh air to the underground stations and tunnels to maintain the continual air circulation in the railway system.

    Ventilation facilities do not exhaust any pollutant as it is not an air-conditioning system. In addition, MTR trains are powered by electricity and do not generate any emission. Besides, the facilities are equipped with filtration devices. Therefore, the exhaust from ventilation facilities is no different from roadside air.


    How to determine the station entrance location?


    Where the situation permits, station entrances would be provided at strategic locations with high passenger flows and close to the railway stations so as to provide a direct and convenient link between the stations and the street level.

    Location of the proposed station entrances should have enough road space to meet the safety requirement of emergency evacuation. Possible construction impact on road traffic and pedestrian will also have to be considered.


    How is the traffic condition during the implementation of temporary traffic management scheme under the Shatin to Central Link in Wan Chai North?


    Wan Chai North is a major commercial area on Hong Kong Island, we have to maintain traffic operation during the SCL construction period. Temporary traffic management schemes (TTMS) were implemented in phases, so as to carry out the construction works in the limited space and minimise traffic impact. During the implementation of the TTMS, the number of traffic lanes remains unchanged as far as possible, while the arrangements would keep review for improvement. The TTMS is being regularly reviewed by the Site Liaison Group comprises representatives from the MTR Corporation, contractor and different government departments.