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Completion of Modification Works on the Ma On Shan Line under the Shatin to Central Link Project

        To facilitate the operation of the "East West Corridor" of Shatin to Central Link (SCL) in the future, the existing 4-car trains on Ma On Shan Line had been converted into 8-car trains, and the platforms of the stations had been extended to accommodate the longer trains. In addition, the platforms on the Ma On Shan Line have been retrofitted with the Automatic Platform Gates (APG) to enhance the pedestrians safety. With the efforts of the working teams, the above train conversion and platform modification works were successfully completed in December 2017 which marks an important milestone in the SCL.

        Mr. Jonathan Leung, Government Engineer of Railway Development Office for Highways Department, Mr. TM Lee, General Manager – SCL & Head of E&M Construction of MTR Corporation, Mr. John Woo, Senior Head of Operation – North & East Regions of MTR Corporation, Mr. Ho Hau Cheung, SBS, MH, Chairman of the Sha Tin District Council, Mr. Li Sai Wing, Chairman of Traffic and Transport Committee of the Sha Tin District Council officiated at the completion ceremony for modification works on the Ma On Shan Line under the SCL Project at MTR Wu Kai Sha Station on 7 February 2018 in the presence of the representatives of the relevant government departments, local community and the working teams.

        Mr. Jonathan Leung said at the ceremony “It was a great challenge for the modification works on Ma On Shan Line under the SCL Project as the project team worked late at night so as not to affect the railway services at daytime and also to comply with the construction noise restriction for the nighttime works to reduce the impact on residents.”

        He added “The works have been successfully completed. I have to thank the construction team for their effort and would like to express my heart-felt thanks for the full support and cooperation of the Sha Tin District Council.” 

        The entire SCL project is funded by the Government under the “concession approach”. The MTRCL is entrusted by the Government to carry out the construction of the project. SCL, with a total length of 17 kilometers, consists of two sections, namely the “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” and "Hung Hom to Admiralty Section” . “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” is an extension of the Ma On Shan Line from Tai Wai via Southeast Kowloon to Hung Hom where it will join the West Rail Line; and “Hung Hom to Admiralty Section” is an extension of the East Rail Line from Hung Hom across the Victoria Harbour to Wan Chai North and Admiralty. The target commissioning date of the “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” is at mid-2019, while the target commissioning date of the “Hung Hom to Admiralty Section” is in 2021. The commissioning of the “Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section” allows passengers to travel directly from Wu Kai Sha Station to East Kowloon, Hung Hom, New Territories West and Tuen Mun without interchanging, providing a more direct and convenient railway services for passengers commuting between New Territories East and New Territories West.  The commissioning of the “Hung Hom to Admiralty Section” allows passengers from the North District, Tai Po and Sha Tin using the East Rail Line and the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line to reach the heart of Hong Kong Island directly. The passengers from the New Territories West using the West Rail Line can change at Hung Hom Station to the “Hung Hom to Admiralty Section” for travelling to the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Admiralty directly.

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