24 March 2003
Civil works for Ma On Shan Rail are over 75% complete
 
Mr. Michael Tien, Chairman of Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today said that civil works for Ma On Shan Rail were more than 75% complete.
Speaking at the topping out ceremony of the Ma On Shan Rail Terminus -- Wu Kai Sha Station, Mr Tien said Ma On Shan Rail had achieved a number of milestones since works commenced in 2001.
Mr. Tien said, "All viaduct piers have been completed, 99% of piling and pile caps have been constructed and over 95% of viaduct spans erected.
"I am confident that Ma On Shan Rail would be completed in end 2004 to provide residents along the alignment a fast and efficient service between Tai Wai and Ma On Shan"
Mrs. Rita Lau, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works, who officiated at the same ceremony said that in line with Government’s policy on environment, railway projects would be given priority in transport development.
Mrs. Lau expected that Ma On Shan Rail would bring more transport benefits to the local population and further stimulate the development of Ma On Shan.
As of today, work on the superstructure of seven stations has been completed. In addition to the Ma On Shan Rail Terminus - Wu Kai Sha Station, the stations at Tai Wai, Sha Tin Wai, City One, Shek Mun, Tai Shui Hang and Ma On Shan have also been topped out.