The MTR Corporation announced that it has entered into an Entrustment Agreement with the HKSAR Government for the construction of main works and commissioning of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL).
“The signing of the Entrustment Agreement signifies another major milestone for the railway development in Hong Kong. The new rail link will provide a much-needed railway service to East Kowloon district, including Kai Tak, To Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai areas,” said Mr Jay Walder, the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation.
“The new rail link will also expand the railway network in Hong Kong, thereby extending connectivity among all districts of Hong Kong.” Mr Walder added. “Construction works will commence immediately and we are committed to maintaining close communication with the local public to minimize the construction impacts on the local communities.”
The 17km SCL consists of 10 stations, 6 of which are interchange stations, namely Tai Wai, Diamond Hill, Ho Man Tin, Hung Hom, Exhibition and Admiralty. It is expected to be completed in 2 phases, with the section between Tai Wai and Hung Hom being completed in 2018 and the Hung Hom to Admiralty Section in 2020.
The project is expected to create about 15,000 jobs throughout the construction period.