MTR South Island Line to open on Dec 28
Hong Kong’s long-awaited South Island Line will open on Dec 28, the city’s rail operator MTR Corporation (MTRC) announced on Monday.
With the opening of the new line, metro rail service will reach all 18 districts in the city, MTRC Chief Executive Officer Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen said.
With a total route length of about 7 km, the MTR extension connects the existing Admiralty Station to the southern part of Hong Kong Island, covering four new stations at Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung, and South Horizons, according to the MTRC.
Admiralty Station will serve as a strategic rail interchange station for four MTR lines, these are: The existing Island Line and Tsuen Wan Line, South Island Line, and the future Sha Tin to Central Link, Leong said.
At Admiralty Station, an addition of 17 escalators and five lifts are provided. And its total floor area will be more than doubled to 65,000 square meters.
The new line is expected to extend services to 350,000 people living and working in the Southern District, and boost development in the area, Leong said.
The HK$16.9 billion line will be fully automatic and driverless, being the second such line after the Disneyland Resort Line. During peak hours, it can provide services every three minutes, according to Adi Lau Tin-shing, MTRC operations director.
An 11-minute trip from Admiralty to South Horizons will cost HK$6.7. The fare for a four-minute journey traveling from Admiralty to Ocean Park will be HK$5.3, according to the company.
Cassie Xu, a local resident who works at Wong Chuk Hang, believes the MTR extension could ease the burden on road traffic across southern Hong Kong Island.
The South Island Line was initially scheduled to operate in December 2015, but difficulties in excavating at Admiralty Station pushed back the opening date.
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