24 June 2005
KCRC welcomes authorisation of Kowloon Southern Link
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today welcomed the authorisation of the Kowloon Southern Link (KSL) by the Chief Executive in Council.
Mr Lee Kang Kuen, Senior Director - Capital Projects of KCRC, said, "The authorisation represents a big step forward in the implementation of this important project which will connect the two strategic railways of East Rail and West Rail, to improve the access to the north west New Territories and strengthen the railway network of Hong Kong. "
The 3.8 km long railway will connect Nam Cheong Station, the southern terminus of West Rail with East Tsim Sha Tsui Station of East Rail, with an intermediate station at West Kowloon. Upon its completion in 2009, passengers will only take 30 minutes to travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui East.
The total construction cost of the project is about HK$8.3 billion, to be wholly funded by the Corporation. The construction of the KSL is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2005.