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East Rail Extension > East
Rail - West Kowloon to Tuen Mun
Use of tunnels to minimise visual impact.
Habitat loss will be compensated by wetland creation.
Railway Development Strategy published in 1994 by the SAR Government,
Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation was invited to provide passenger
train services and interchange facilities between West Kowloon and
Tuen Mun. The West Rail will be a 30.3 km railway with nine stations
as well as a major maintenance depot in Kam Tin valley at a cost
of HK$64 billion. The line is expected to carry 340,000 passengers
daily by 2003 and over 500,000 by 2011.
Mitigation Measures and Outcomes
- The railway
will reduce air pollution by reducing the equivalent of 2,500
bus trips daily.
- To minimize
operational noise, 14.4 km of tunnels and 7 km of noise barriers
with incremental extensions, from 1.2 m to full enclosure, will
be built in addition to the use of a multi-plenum design to reduce
noise and vibration on viaducts. Such measures ensure the protection
of 560,000 residents along the railway.
- The use
of tunnels totaling 7 km in length along the alignment of the
railway will reduce long-term visual impact while reducing dust
and noise impact during the construction stage.
- The unavoidable
wetland loss located between Kam Tin Station and Au Tau in Yuen
Long will be compensated by 12 hectares of newly created and actively