7 December 2003
New Light Rail extensions commissioned today
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (7 December) formally opened two Light Rail extensions to serve the growing population in Tin Shui Wai.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC, said the new Light Rail extensions would keep pace with developments in the Northwest New Territories and satisfy additional transport needs.
"With the opening of West Rail, Light Rail would become an essential part of an integrated and efficient railway system connecting up the Northwest New Territories with urban Kowloon. It is expected that about 20% to 25% of West Rail passengers would use Light Rail as a feeder," Mr Tien said.
Also officiating at the opening ceremony, Mrs Rita Lau, Permanent Secretary for the Environment, Transport and Works (Environment and Transport) said, "With the opening of the two extensions, the Light Rail network would be extended to link up with the newly developed area in Tin Shui Wai as well as West Rail. This will not only strengthen the local transport service in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long, but more importantly provide a more direct, efficient, and comprehensive network for travelling between the Northwest New Territories and the urban area."
The two extensions with a combined length of 4.4 kilometres and 11 new stops will give Tin Shui Wai residents direct access to the Light Rail network which will be linked up with West Rail.
Costing HK$1.15 billion, the extensions form part of the $2.3 billion improvement programme to upgrade Light Rail into a feeder system of West Rail.
Commencing today, there will be two new Light Rail routes – 751 (Tin Yat – Yau Oi) and 761 (Tin Wing – Yuen Long) serving the new extensions and the existing Light Rail stops in Tin Shui Wai. They have replaced routes 720 and 721.
When West Rail opens, residents in Tin Shui Wai will be served by an additional Light Rail route 701 which will wind its way through large housing estates along the alignment to reach West Rail Tin Shui Wai Station.
For details on the new service arrangements, passengers may call the Light Rail hotline at 2468 7788.