20 April 2001
New extension brings KCR back to Tsim Sha Tsui
 
Mr. K. Y. Yeung, Chairman and Chief Executive of KCRC today announced that construction works for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension formally commence.
Speaking at the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension Ground-Breaking Ceremony, Mr. K. Y. Yeung said, "I am particularyparticularly delighted to see the works on for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension commence formally commence. The dream of bringing KCR back to Tsim Sha Tsui will soon come true. Although the new station will still be a few hundred metres away from its the old site, at the clock tower, it will be connected to the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, further linking up the two railway networks."
As the Guest of Honour of the ceremony, Dr Cheng Hon-kwan, Chairman of Transport Advisory Committee said that the benefits of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension were just what the Transport Advisory Committee would like to achieve in easing road congestion.
Dr Cheng said, "The Extension, as its name indicates, is an extension of East Rail to Tsim Sha Tsui. With its completion, East Rail passengers, both domestic and cross-boundary, will be able to travel directly to this busy tourist and shopping area.
"The new station gives passengers another interchange with the MTR network in addition to the Kowloon Tong Station. This will not only relieve the congestion at Kowloon Tong Station, but also reduce road traffic in the area and help keep the air clean."
East Rail will be extended southwards by 1 kilometre to East Tsim Sha Tsui from the existing railway terminus at Hung Hom. The extension will run underground below Salisbury Road before curving away to a new station below Wing On Plaza Garden and the Middle Road Children's Playground - East Tsim Sha Tsui Station.
The new station will be linked to East Tsim Sha Tsui, inner streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station by pedestrian subways. Open 24 hours a day, the subways will be equipped with travellators to provide greater convenience for passengers. Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is scheduled for completion in 2004.