7 November 2005
Construction of Kowloon Southern Link commences
 
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today announced the commencement of the construction works for the Kowloon Southern Link (KSL).
Speaking at KSL Ground-breaking Ceremony, KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien said the railway was of strategic importance, as it would enable about one million population along West Rail’s catchment in the Northwest New Territories to travel to the heart of Kowloon by taking only a single railway trip.
The 3.8 km KSL will connect West Rail’s Nam Cheong Station and East Rail’s East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, with one new intermediate station – West Kowloon Station. Upon completion of the $8.3 billion railway in 2009, the public can travel from Tin Shui Wai to Tsim Sha Tsui by West Rail in about half an hour.
Mr Tien said, despite its relatively small scale, the KSL project is particularly challenging as it goes through the bustling Salisbury Road and Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui which is not only a business centre but also a tourist spot.
One of the major challenges therefore is to liaise with various concerned parties and to strike a balance between the needs and interests of all these parties, as well as to address their concerns while minimising the impact on the progress of construction works.
KCRC has already set up three Community Liaison Groups with the interested parties along KSL, and a Site Liaison Group with Government departments. The Corporation will also be in close contact with the District Council.
Three major civil construction contracts for KSL were awarded earlier at a combined value of about $3.1 billion. Works will soon begin in full swing for completion in 2009.
 

Fact Sheet
Kowloon Southern Link

Alignment length

3.8 km

(connecting Nam Cheong Station of West Rail and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station)

No. of Station

1

(West Kowloon Station located underground in the West Kowloon Reclamation Area)

Journey time

Nam Cheong <-> West Kowloon

West Kowloon <-> East Tsim Sha Tsui

3 min

3 min

Highest passenger capacity / train car

335 persons

Target project cost

$8.3 billion

Target completion date

Year 2009

 

Details of KSL’s civil construction contracts

PACKAGE TITLE

CONTACT NUMBER.

CONTRACTOR

AWARDED
CONTRACT SUM
(HK$million)

West Kowloon Station and Tunnels, Jordan Road to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station

KDB200

* Leighton - Balfour Beatty - Kumagai - John Holland Joint Venture

2,018

Tunnels - Jordan Road to Yau Ma Tei Ventilation Building

KDB300

China State Construction Engrg. (Hong Kong) Ltd.

447

Tunnels – Yau Ma Tei Ventilation Building to Nam Cheong Overrun

KDB400

China State Construction Engrg. (Hong Kong) Ltd.

636

Note: * - The Contractor’s name now changed to "Link 200 Joint Venture" since 9 August 2005.
 
West Kowloon Station’s five proposed entrances will provide convenient access to major commercial and recreational centres nearby.
Located in urban Kowloon, the West Kowloon Station is an intermediate station between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Nam Cheong stations. The 4-storey Station covers an area of 24,500 sq.m., with 2 levels above ground, and 2 levels underground.