29 June 2004
KCRC Tsim Sha Tsui Extension Ready For Trial Operation
 
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation today announced that trial operation would commence in August along its newly constructed Tsim Sha Tsui Extension. The new extension will bring passengers from Lo Wu to the heart of urban Kowloon in around 40 minutes.
Civil engineering works for the 1-kilometer extension which started in early 2001 have been substantially completed. The overall railway systems works are 91% complete. Various tests and trials with very stringent requirements have been carried out since April this year.
Starting from July, a new testing phase will commence. Some passenger trains in service will move on to the new East Tsim Sha Tsui Station after all passengers have alighted at Hung Hom Station. Passengers will be reminded to leave the train through on-train and platform announcements. Trial operation simulating normal service timetable is scheduled to take place in August.
The Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is a 1-kilometer extension from Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui. It runs underground below Salisbury Road and ends at the new East Tsim Sha Tsui Station below Wing On Plaza Garden and Middle Road Children’s Playground. The new station will be connected to the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station by a subway link. The extension is targeted for completion by the end of 2004.
 
The Tsim Sha Tsui Extension railway tunnels linking Hung Hom Station and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station have been substantially completed.
 
Trial operation of Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is scheduled to take place in August.