Extended non-operating hours on certain days for MTR Tung Chung Line due to extension works

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11th July 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Tung Chung Line extension project, aimed at enhancing connectivity and accommodating future growth, commenced in mid-2023. The extension will introduce two new stations, tentatively named “Tung Chung East” and “Tung Chung West,” with an expected completion date in 2029. The project involves a 1.2-kilometre stretch of construction on the “Tung Chung East” section, entailing the relocation of the existing Tung Chung Line by several tens of meters northward.

Leung, the spokesperson for the Tung Chung Line Extension Project, acknowledged the project’s challenges, highlighting critical tasks such as installing turnouts and modifying portions of the existing signal system on operational tracks. To ensure uninterrupted daily operations on the existing line, most of the construction activities will take place during the early hours of the “golden two-hour” post-closure period. However, certain phases of the project will require continuous work, potentially extending non-operational periods for several days.

The comprehensive Tung Chung Line extension project, estimated to cost HK$19.5 billion, encompasses the construction of both “Tung Chung East” and “Tung Chung West” stations. The former will be situated in the reclaimed area between Sunny Bay and Tung Chung stations, near the Yat Tung Estate, while the latter will involve tunnel railway sections, serving as the future terminus of the Tung Chung Line, west of Yat Tung Estate. “Tung Chung East” station will feature an elevated concourse, seamlessly connected to residential and commercial facilities in the upcoming Tung Chung East new town through pedestrian bridges.

Leung further explained that the “Tung Chung East” project involves building a new railway section and connecting the existing line to it through turnouts. Additionally, overhead cables will be installed, and the signal system will undergo modifications. Given that several construction procedures must be conducted on the operational Tung Chung Line, the team has meticulously planned and rehearsed the project, breaking it down into different phases to leverage the post-closure period for swift completion. However, certain procedures will require continuous operation for several hours, potentially resulting in extended parking restrictions on the Tung Chung Line for a few days. Leung emphasized the company’s commitment to minimizing the impact on passengers throughout the construction process.