FAQ

  •   1. Why would Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 only open up to Kai Tak Station?  

    In coming up with the current phased opening arrangements for the Tuen Ma Line, different options had been explored with the objective of providing meaningful train service to as many stations as practicable. The recommended option to open the Tuen Ma Line up to Kai Tak Station has taken into account and struck a balance among various factors including operational arrangements, customer services and consequential impacts on full opening of the Tuen Ma Line. The Corporation believes, as also accepted by the Government, the phased opening up to Kai Tak Station is a practical and feasible option which could provide meaningful train service. For more details on the phased opening arrangement of Tuen Ma Line Phase 1, please see : Tuen Ma Line Phase 1

  •   2. How phased opening will impact on the full line opening in the future?  

    The original signalling system for the full opening of the Tuen Ma Line needs to be modified and tested to facilitate the phased opening. In other words, before the full line opening of the Tuen Ma Line, relevant signalling systems will need to be re-adjusted to accommodate the full line operation.

  •   3. When will the Tuen Ma Line be fully opened?  

    The full opening of Tuen Ma Line will hinge on the implementation of the suitable measures at Hung Hom Station Extension and adjacent structures. The Corporation expects the full Tuen Ma Line can be opened in about 12 months’ time after completion of the suitable measures.

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

     

    The existing East Rail Line will extend across the harbour from Hung Hom to the Hong Kong Island. To cope with space constraints on the tracks on Hong Kong Island, new 9-car trains will replace the existing 12-car trains on the East Rail Line.

    The commissioning of Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 in February 2020 provides an alternative route of traveling between New Territories and Kowloon. With more than 10% of passengers switch to Tuen Ma Line Phase 1, it has a diversion effect on East Rail Line and help to relieve the congestion of critical link between Tai Wai Station and Kowloon Tong Station.

    Upon the full line opening of Tuen Ma Line in 2021, the diversion effect is anticipated to be more significant to relieve the congestion of the East Rail Line. With the new signalling system, there will be more flexibility to enhance train services in accordance to patronage and passengers needs when the East Rail Line extends across the harbor in 2022.

    The Corporation will continue to monitor the train services of the East Rail Line, and review the arrangement regularly to fit the needs of passengers.

  •   5. What will be the fares arrangement of the new line?  

    The fare structure of the new railway lines under the Shatin to Central Link project will be the same as the existing fare structures. Public announcement on the details will be made before the opening in due course.

  •   6. Why some temporary works sites cannot be reinstated for public use after the completion of railway works?  

    The Corporation understands the concern of the community about the reinstatement works. The Project team has all along endeavoured to complete the reinstatement of works sites and facilities as earliest as possible. Currently, the lands and facilities temporarily occupied for the Shatin to Central Link works are being reinstated progressively, and will be handed over to relevant government departments for public use.

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    What are the arrangements for vessels in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter (CBTS) that are affected by the Shatin to Central Link project?

     

    Marine works in the CBTS for Shatin to Central Link project have been substantially completed. To suit the upcoming schedule of seabed improvement works by the CWB project, mooring arrangements in the CBTS will be reinstated in phases. The Corporation will continue to maintain communications with the Marine Department and relevant stakeholders in the CBTS to minimise the possible impact.