Rail Projects in Hong KongJuly 13th, 2012 by Simon Haddock
Hong Kong is undergoing a rail infrastructure revolution, with a number of key high profile projects across the region to link various areas with high speed connections. Amongst these are West Island line, South Island Line (East), Express Rail Link (Hong Kong section), Shatin to Central Link and Kwun Tong Line Extension.
The MTR Corporation who is overseeing all infrastructure development has become one of the world’s leading railways for safety, reliability and excellent customer service. To give you an idea of the scale of projects taking place, we’ve given a brief overview of the key projects.
West Island Line and South Island Line (East)
These new lines will provide direct links between the residential areas of Wah Fu and Ap Lei Chau in Southern District and the CBD of Hong Kong. The 3-km West Island Line is expected to be completed in late 2014. Construction of the 7-km South Island Line (East) is expected for completion in 2015.
Shatin to Central Link and Kwun Tong Line Extension
A 11-km Tai Wai to Hung Hom section connecting the Ma On Shan Line with the Kowloon Southern Link which connects to the West Rail Line will form the East-west Line while a 6-km cross-harbour section extending the East Rail Line to Hong Kong Island will form the North-South Line. The section of the Sha Tin to Central Link between Tai Wai and Hung Hom is expected to open in 2015, and the remaining cross harbour section in 2019. The Kwun Tong Line Extension will also start operation 2015. Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section)
The Hong Kong Section of the Express Rail Link (XRL) will be a 26-km underground high-speed rail linking Hong Kong with the national express rail network. The journey time to Guangzhou and Beijing will be reduced to 48 minutes and 10 hours respectively. A terminus will be located under the West Kowloon Cultural District and parallel to the West Kowloon Station. The tracks are designed to support future operations which include frequent services and linking Hong Kong with other Chinese major cities at 250–350 km/h. The XRL is expected to be completed in 2015.
Resourcing Solutions and Rail Personnel are working in joint venture with MTR to recruit engineering talents to ensure these projects are delivered on time. To view the list of roles we have, visit our dedicated Hong Kong jobs page or read our blog.