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Kowloon-Canton lands $3.3 billion contract for Hong Kong line


Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp. (KCRC) June 25 was awarded a $3.3 billion contract to build and operate a 10-mile line with 10 stations from suburban Sha Tin to Central Link (SCL) in downtown Hong Kong’s central business district.

The line would connect with Ma On Shan Rail, enabling passengers to travel to and from SCL without interchange; East Rail passengers would be able to interchange with the new line at either Tai Wai or Hung Hom.

The contract includes plans to reconfigure Hung Hom station to accommodate cross-platform interchanges between East Rail, and Kowloon Southern Link and the future West Rail.

"Hung Hom will become a mass transportation center for Hong Kong commuters, and also for rail traffic to the mainland," said KCRC Chief Executive Officer K. Y. Yeung in a prepared statement.

West Rail and Ma On Shan Rail are scheduled to be operational by 2003 or 2004.

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