26 March 2004
KCRC welcomes gazettal of Kowloon Southern Link
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (Friday) welcomed the gazettal of the Kowloon Southern Link (KSL) under the Railways Ordinance. The KSL is an extension of West Rail from its Nam Cheong Station to connect with East Tsim Sha Tsui Station now under construction. The project involves a new station to be built at West Kowloon.
"The KSL will join West Rail and East Rail to form one integrated mass transport system, providing a fast and reliable railway link between the New Territories and urban Kowloon," said Mr K K Lee, KCRC Senior Director, Capital Projects.
"Upon its completion in early 2009, it will take only 30 minutes to travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui East. By then, West Rail passengers can interchange at Hung Hom for East Rail or the proposed Shatin to Central Link to north-east New Territories, east Kowloon or Hong Kong Island," Mr Lee added.
The KSL is designed to be entirely underground to minimise the effect on the environment and traffic. Bored-tunnel work has been planned along Canton Road to avoid substantial disruptions to traffic and the commercial environment.
The estimated cost for the KSL project is about HK$8.3 billion, to be wholly funded by the Corporation. There is no requirement for any form of financial assistance from the Government.
Subject to the approval of the railway scheme by the Chief Executive in Council, the works will start in 2005.
Under the Railways Ordinance, the scheme is now open for public inspection until 25 May 2004. The Corporation endeavours to take into consideration public opinions whenever possible.
The Kowloon Southern Link is a rail project recommended in Government’s Railway Development Strategy 2000 and is now being undertaken by the KCRC. Stretching a length of 3.8 kilometres, the new railway link runs underground along Canton Road to join West Rail Nam Cheong Station to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station at Salisbury Road. A new station will be provided at West Kowloon. The works will commence in 2005 and are expected to be completed by early 2009.