23 January 2001
KCRC completes West Rail Pat Heung Road viaduct
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation’s West Rail project has achieved another important milestone with the recent completion of the Pat Heung Road Viaduct in Yuen Long.
Director of Highways, Mr Lo Yiu-ching, officiated at a ceremony to mark the completion of the works and drove along the new viaduct together with local dignitaries and KCRC directors in an open-top double-decker bus.
The elevated two-lane Pat Heung Road Viaduct was built to re-provision the original Pat Heung Road on ground level which is to be closed for the construction of the 32.5-hectare KCR West Rail Pat Heung Maintenance Centre.
The construction of the viaduct, which commenced in September 1999, was part of the works entrusted to the Corporation by the Highways Department. Using almost 9,000 cubic metres of concrete, it took 17 months to complete the new viaduct. Despite the ongoing construction work, the traffic along the original Pat Heung Road on ground level was maintained at all times.
The 32.5-hectare West Rail Pat Heung Maintenance Centre being built under the viaduct will be the largest train depot in Hong Kong. Equipped with up-to-date facilities, it will provide train stabling and maintenance facilities for West Rail.
In overall terms, West Rail is more than one-third complete and is well on programme to commence services to the public in December 2003.
Caption: Officiating guests and district leaders take a ride in an open-top double deck bus along the new Pat Heung Road viaduct. From left to right are: Chairman of Pat Heung Rural Committee Mr Lai Kwok-iu, Director of Highways Mr Y C Lo, KCRC’s Senior Director of Capital Projects Mr James Blake, Yuen Long District Officer Mr Vincent Tang, and Chairman of Yuen Long District Council’s West Rail Monitoring Group Mr Tang Sik-hung.