18 May 2001
KCRC commences works for Light Rail grade separation
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today embarked on a project to segregate Light Rail from road traffic at several major junctions in Tuen Mun.
The project, a significant part of the Corporation’s HK$2.3 billion investment to improve the Light Rail system and enable it to integrate effectively with West Rail, will bring significant transport benefits to the community.
Two sections of the Light Rail tracks in Tuen Mun will be elevated.
The first section will be at Pui To Road, one of the busiest sections of roads in Tuen Mun. The project involves the elevation of a 1,200-metre section of Light Rail tracks over three consecutive road junctions. In addition, new elevated Light Rail San Fat Stop will be built to connect with the future West Rail Tuen Mun Station.
The works for this section will commence shortly in May. When completed, road traffic capacity at the junctions will be enhanced by more than 10 per cent.
The second section of works, which will commence next year, will be at Tsing Lun Road. At this site a 300-metre section of Light Rail tracks will be elevated. The works will help to improve the capacity of the road junction by more than 30 per cent. In addition, the project will greatly enhance safety for both Light Rail and road traffic.
Speaking at today’s ground-breaking ceremony for the Light Rail grade separation project, Mr Jonathan Yu, KCRC Director of Light Rail, noted that the works are essential to ensure effective Light Rail/West Rail integration and to accommodate the additional traffic generated by West Rail.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr Lau Wong Fat, Chairman of Tuen Mun District Council, noted that the investment project is a clear demonstration of KCRC’s commitment to the development of the community and will help the area cope with rapid population growth.
To tie in with the commissioning of West Rail Phase I, the Light Rail grade separation works at Pui To Road will be completed before the end of 2003. The works for Tsing Lun Road will be completed by mid-2004.
 
Key facts
Light Rail grade separation project in Tuen Mun

 

PUI TO ROAD

TSING LUN ROAD

Location

- In the vicinity of Light Rail Pui To Stop, Town Centre Stop, Kin On Stop and Ho Tin Stop.

- At 400 metres north of Light Rail Siu Hong Stop.

- Across three consecutive junctions along Pui To Road.

- Across the junction at Tsing Lun Road.

Length of elevated tracks

1,200 metres

300 metres

Associated works

- Light Rail San Fat Stop will be raised to connect the concourse level of West Rail Tuen Mun Station.

- A footbridge with lifts will be built to the west of the elevated viaduct.

Interchange with West Rail

- Expected interchange passengers will be about 15,000 daily in 2004.

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Benefits to road traffic

- Capacity along the section will be enhanced by more than 10%.

- Capacity along the section will be enhanced by more than 30%.

- Segregate Light Rail from road traffic, and thus will improve road safety.

- Segregate Light Rail from road traffic, and thus will improve road safety.

Commencement date

May 2001

Mid 2002

Completion date

End 2003

Mid 2004

 
Officiating guests turned the first shovel at the KCRC Light Rail Grade Separation Project Ground-breaking Ceremony
 
The Light Rail grade separation works at Pui To Road will ensure Light Rail’s role as an efficient vital feeder system for West Rail Phase I.
 
A 1,200-metre section of Light Rail track will be elevated along Pui To Road to segregate Light Rail from road traffic.
 
The Light Rail grade separation works at Tsing Lun Road involve the elevation of a 300-metre section of track across the Light Rail/road junction and the associated works for the construction of a footbridge.