5 November 2001
Ma On Shan Rail and Tsim Sha Tsui Extension on track for completion in 2004
 
Construction for Ma On Shan Rail and Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is well on programme schedule for completion in 2004, with about 20% of civil works complete since the projects commenced in early 2001, according to Mr. Lee Kang Kuen, East Rail Extensions Director of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC).
"We're making significant progress with the projects," said Mr. Lee."More than half of the piling works are complete. Pile caps and viaduct columns are under construction, and the first viaduct segment for Ma On Shan Rail will be erected towards end of November.
Considered Natural natural extensions of East Rail, Ma On Shan Rail stretches for 11.4 kilometres from Tai Wai Station to Ma On Shan, and Tsim Sha Tsui Extension extends East Rail 1 kilometre southwards from Hung Hom Station to a new station in Tsim Sha Tsui East. Ma On Shan Rail is largely built on viaduct while Tsim Sha Tsui Extension runs underground along Salisbury Road.
Mr. Lee said, "Among the nine stations of Ma On Shan Rail, three have already completed piling.They are City One, Ma On Shan and Wu Kai Sha. Piling for the remaining stations is expected to be completed early next year.
"Works for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension have also seen good progress. Excavation for East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and the subways linking to MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station has commenced.
"Modification of Hung Hom Station is also progressing well, as we have clearing cleared the space required for the East Rail tracks to be extended to connect with the railway tunnel.
"We are confident that the Ma On Shan Rail and the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension of East Rail will be completed on time and within budget," said Mr. Lee.