MTR South Is­land Line to open on Dec 28

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By LI YINZE in Hong Kong yinzeli@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

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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