9 January 2003
Construction of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line commences
 
Mr. Michael Tien, Chairman of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced the commencement of the construction works for the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line.
Speaking at the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Groundbreaking Ceremony, Mr. Tien pledged that KCRC would endeavor to comply with all the requirements stipulated in the Environmental Permit for the Spur Line to ensure that the ecological system along the alignment was well protected.
"We have established an Environmental Committee and are pleased to have gained the support of major green groups to monitor the environmental mitigation measures implemented at Lok Ma Chau and Long Valley," said Mr. Tien.
"Upon completion, the Spur Line will provide an alternative railway boundary-crossing service for the people of Hong Kong, relieving the congestion at Lo Wu."
Dr Sarah Liao, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works who officiated at the same ceremony said that with the growth in passenger and freight traffic between Hong Kong and the Mainland, both the Central Government and the HKSAR Government agreed that there was a need to enhance the transport development between Hong Kong and the Mainland.
Dr. Liao pointed said that upon completion of the Spur Line, the handling capacity of the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint would be increased to 150,000 travellers a day.
The 7.4 km Spur Line branches off the existing East Rail north of Sheung Shui Station and then goes through Chau Tau and Kwu Tung before it ends at Lok Ma Chau Station.
The Spur Line is packaged into four major civil contracts for the construction of the 9 hectare Lok Ma Chau Station, 2.2 km viaduct section, 5.2 km tunnel section and extended Sheung Shui Station. The first three contracts have already been awarded while the fourth one is expected to be awarded in the second quarter of 2003.
The Spur Line is scheduled for completion in 2007.
Dr. Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works speaking at the KCRC Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Ground-breaking Ceremony.
Officiating guests at the KCRC Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Ground-breaking Ceremony. (from left to right) Mr. David Suff, Chairman of JV Board of Balfour Beatty - Lam Joint Venture; Mr. Christian Gazaignes, Managing Director of Bouygues Civil Works Asia; Mr. James Blake, Senior Director, Capital Projects of KCRC; Mr. Michael Tien, BBS, JP, Chairman of KCRC; Dr. Sarah Liao, JP, Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works; Mr. K. Y. Yeung, Chief Executive Officer of KCRC; Mr. K. K. Lee, Director, East Rail Extensions of KCRC; Mr Luc Messier, Managing Director of Dragages (Hong Kong); and Mr. Masayuki Asano, General Manager (Hong Kong Office) of Maeda Corporation.