21 June 2004
KCRC Lok Ma Chau Spur Line celebrates the first tunnel breakthrough
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today celebrated the breakthrough of the southbound tunnel of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, marking a crucial milestone for this new boundary crossing for Hong Kong.
"We are proud to announce that the first tunnel breakthrough has been accomplished one month ahead of schedule. It signifies the achievement of 50% of the tunnel section of the Spur Line project, bringing a further step towards the delivery of the second boundary crossing railway service for Hong Kong," said Mr Joseph Choi, General Manager, Construction of KCRC.
The excavation was carried out by Mulan, a gigantic tunneling boring machine named after the warrior heroine of Chinese folklore. Mulan does not only excavate, but also grouts the ground and installs the lining segment of the tunnel as it progresses, keeping disturbance to the community and environment to a minimum. The completed tunnel is 3.2km in length and 7.6m in diameter. The tunneling contract was awarded to Dragages (HK) Joint Venture in October 2002.
Construction works for the Spur Line are in full steam in 2004. Erection of viaduct segments is progressing on schedule. Up to date around 60% of viaducts construction works have been completed. Advanced improvement works at Sheung Shui to tie in with the Spur Line have been completed. The entire tunnel cum viaduct project has been completed more than 50% since commencement of works in early 2003.
The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line branches off the existing East Rail north of Sheung Shui and terminates at Lok Ma Chau Station via Chau Tau. The Spur Line runs in tunnels from Sheung Shui to Chau Tau, the railway then rises gradually onto viaducts until it reached a new station at Lok Ma Chau. The entire railway alignment is 7.4km in length. The construction works for the Spur Line project is targeted for completion by 2007.
 
KCRC Lok Ma Chau Spur Line celebrates the first tunnel breakthrough when Mulan, the gigantic tunneling boring machine makes her way through at Chau Tau.
 
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KCRC staff are proud to witness the breakthrough of the southbound tunnel of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line, which marks a crucial milestone for the new boundary crossing for Hong Kong.