24 October 2004
KCR Tsim Sha Tsui Extension opens day
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) held an opening ceremony at East Tsim Sha Tsui Station today to celebrate the commissioning of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension. With a capital investment of $4.1 billion, the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension marked the return of East Rail to Tsim Sha Tsui but with a completely new image. East Rail is now extended from Hung Hum south to East Tsim Sha Tsui which is the heart of commercial centres and shopping facilities.
Officiating at the ceremony were the Secretary for Environment, Transport and Works Dr Sarah Liao; KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien; Chief Executive Officer (Acting) Mr Samuel Lai; Senior Director, Capital Projects Mr K K Lee; Senior Director, Transport Mr Y T Li; Yau Tsim Mong District Council Chairman Mr Chan Man Yau; Yau Tsim Mong Acting District Officer Ms Jeanne Cheng; and representatives of the contractors.
"The Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is one of the priority projects of the government’s Railway Development Strategy. We hope that with the opening of new railway projects such as the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension, more and more people will choose to use railway services, thereby reducing road traffic and air pollution," said Dr Liao at the ceremony.
"The opening of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension provides the passengers with an alternative in travelling to Tsim Sha Tsui. The new extension provides the people of Hong Kong and tourists with an even more convenient transport service, enhances the dining and retail business of the area, and generates economic benefits for Hong Kong," Dr Liao continued.
Mr Michael Tien said at the ceremony, "The opening of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension marks an important milestone in the expansion of the KCRC network. The new extension confirms East Rail’s importance in linking up our north-south network. It also makes travelling from the northeast New Territories to the centre of Kowloon more convenient. Passengers going to Hong Kong Island only need to interchange once at the MTR’s Tsim Sha Tsui Station. They will enjoy a faster and more convenient journey."
"We believe that East Tsim Sha Tsui Station will be one of the busiest stations in the KCR network, and an important transportation hub in the Tsim Sha Tsui area."
Construction of the Tsim Sha Tsui Extension, including the 1-km long railway extension and a new station with modern design and facilities, commenced in 2001. The new station features a direct interchange with the MTR’s Tsim Sha Tsui Station via a fully air-conditioned subway link equipped with travellators. The subway link is connected to the major roads and commercial complexes in Tsim Sha Tsui. A variety of shops are also located inside the station.
Ma On Shan Rail, which is another extension of East Rail connecting Tai Wai Station and Wu Kai Sa Station, will be opened before the end of this year. The Lok Ma Chau Spur Line is targeted for completion by the end of 2007. Mr Tien reiterated that the KCRC would make every effort to complete these projects on time in order to provide the highest quality railway service for the people of Hong Kong.