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

    In December 2017, the Corporation announced that a detailed review of the estimated Cost to Complete (CTC) for the main construction works of SCL has completed. This increased the estimate of the entrustment cost of the main works by $16.5 billion from $70.8 billion to $87.3 billion. Since submission of this latest estimate to the Government, the Corporation has been liaising with the Government to facilitate their review and verification process. The Corporation is taking account of various factors and further delaying events for a further review and revalidation of the CTC, and are in discussion with the Government. We will announce the revised CTC once ready.

  •   2. 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

  •   3. 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.

  •   4. 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.


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


    The East Rail Line will extend across the harbour from Hung Hom to Wan Chai North and Admiralty. Due to geographical constraints on Hong Kong Island, the East Rail Line will be operated with new 9-car trains.

    The Corporation will closely monitor the change of riding habit of East Rail Line passengers as some of them are expected to switch to using the new Tuen Ma Line Phase 1 upon its commissioning. New trains will be progressively launched when it is observed that passengers are diverted off the East Rail Line and relieve the congestion.

    Meanwhile, signalling replacement works are being carried out on the East Rail Line. With the new signalling system, train frequency during peak hours will be able to increase to around 2 minutes. The carrying capacity of East Rail Line will be similar to the current service level.

    Upon the full completion of the Shatin to Central Link project, 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 8 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 Shatin to Central Link has taken into consideration the increased passenger demand, as well as the increase in the number of cross-boundary passengers from the Mainland.

  •   6. 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.

  •   7. 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.


    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.