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East Rail Extension - Hung Hom to Tsim Sha Tsui

Project Description

The 1994 Railway Development Strategy identified the rail extension as a high priority project to provide a direct rail link between the New Territories and the heart of the Kowloon Peninsula. It also serves as an interchange with the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) at Tsim Sha Tsui to relieve the increasingly overcrowded interchange at Kowloon Tong.

The works include a 1.5km underground railway, a new East Tsim Sha Tsui (ETST) Station, a traction substation at Ho Man Tin, and a pedestrian subway system running under Mody Road, Blenheim Avenue, Signal Hill and Middle Road linking the new ETST station with the MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

Photo of Preservation of Signal Hill, monuments and historical objects.
Preservation of Signal Hill, monuments and historical objects.

Photo of Conceptual alignment options for the rail extension.
Conceptual alignment options for the rail extension.

Photo of The polygonal Eduardian Style Signal Hill Tower built in 1907.
The polygonal Eduardian Style Signal Hill Tower built in 1907.

Mitigation Measures and Outcomes

1. The EIA recommended to change the original rail alignment from Middle Road to Salisbury Road in order not to cut Signal Hill, and to thus:

  • better protect Signal Hill Tower and other cultural heritage structures and objects;
  • keep Signal Hill Garden intact and open for the public (including 250 regular Tai Chi practitioners);
  • reduce the volume of construction spoil by 40% (from about 613,000m3 to 371,000m3);
  • preserve a valuable 100 year-old Champion Tree, and over 100 other mature trees on the southern part of Signal Hill; and
  • increase the total number of trees within the project boundary from 1044 to at least 1500 after the completion of the project.

2. The EIA has recommended measures to alleviate noise impact during both construction and operation:

  • With quiet construction plants and appropriate phasing of the construction programme, the worst residual construction noise impacts at Blenheim Avenue, Chatham Road, Mody Road and Middle Road will be lowered from 91-97dB(A) for 11-20 months to 84-86dB(A) for 10-11 months.
  • Continuous construction noise monitoring information will be made available on KCRC's website within two working days for public inspection. This is the first project in Hong Kong with such a monitoring system. The system speeds up the monitoring process and enhances public participation in noise monitoring.
  • A floating track slab will be installed at the rail tracks to mitigate the operational ground borne noise impact on the Sheraton Hotel, the New World Hotel and the Mariner's Club.

3. The EIA has also recommended the following improvements over the original scheme:

  • removal of land contaminants to protect construction workers and future users of the Middle Road Children's Playground; and
  • elimination of a visually intrusive conveyor system over Salisbury Road and a marine platform at the waterfront promenade (which were proposed for transporting construction spoil).
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