Tseung Kwan O Line

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Tseung Kwan O Line
將軍澳綫
Po Lam Station.jpg
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System MTR
Locale Districts: Eastern, Kwun Tong, Sai Kung
Stations 8
Ridership 263,000 daily average (2010)[1]
Operation
Opening 4 August 2002
Technical
Line length 12.3 km (7.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,432 mm (4 ft 8 38 in)
Electrification 1.5 kV DC
Route map
Tseung Kwan O Line.svg
Tseung Kwan O Line
Traditional Chinese 將軍澳綫
Simplified Chinese 将军澳线

The Tseung Kwan O Line is one of the eleven lines of the MTR system in Hong Kong. It runs from Hong Kong Island to the new town of Tseung Kwan O. The line is indicated with the colour purple. During the morning peak period, the Tseung Kwan O Line uses 15 trains to maintain a frequency of 2.7 minutes. The travel time of the entire line is 15 minutes.

Route map[edit]

Geographically accurate map of the MTR Tseung Kwan O Line

History[edit]

This line was planned to serve the new town of Tseung Kwan O (literally, General's Bay) and was first proposed in 1985.[2] The construction cost was estimated at three billion Hong Kong dollars,.[3] The line was to be built beginning in 1992 and to open by the end of 1996.[3] This plan was cancelled by the MTR Corporation in August 1990.[4]

MTR re-proposed the line in 1993, and the plan was approved by the Hong Kong Executive Council on 20 October 1998. Construction commenced on 24 April 1999 and the line opened on 18 August 2002, at a cost of 18 billion Hong Kong dollars.[5] The new line took over the cross-harbour segment, via the Eastern Harbour Tunnel to North Point station, from the Kwun Tong Line. The Kwun Tong Line was extended to Yau Tong and Tiu Keng Leng stations to interchange with the new line.

This is the first MTR line with no tracks on viaducts. The Yau Tong, Po Lam, and LOHAS Park stations are at the ground level, but are completely covered to minimise noise to the surrounding development. The rest of the line has its tracks underground.

Realignment of Kwun Tong Line upon the inauguration of Tseung Kwan O Line.

Trains[edit]

The line is served by K-Stock trains and, since 2013, C-Stock trains. The K-Stock trains were manufactured by a consortium of Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi Corporation, and were expected to be quieter and to use energy generated from deceleration. The C-Stock trains were Chinese built.

From launch through April 2010, the K-Stock trains actually ran on the Kwun Tong Line, and the original M-trains (G-Stock, H-Stock and Q-Stock) ran on this line.

Stations[edit]

This is a list of all the stations on the Tseung Kwan O Line. The colored boxes holding the station names represent the unique colour motif for the station.

Livery and Name District Connection(s) Date opened
Tseung Kwan O Line
North Point Eastern  Island Line September 27, 2001
(as part of Kwun Tong Line)
Quarry Bay August 6, 1989
(as part of Kwun Tong Line)
Yau Tong Kwun Tong  Kwun Tong Line August 4, 2002
Tiu Keng Leng Sai Kung August 18, 2002
Tseung Kwan O
Hang Hau
Po Lam
Spur line after Tseung Kwan O Station
LOHAS Park Sai Kung July 26, 2009

Future development[edit]

Main article: North Island Line

According to Rail Projects Under Planning 2000 released by Highways Department; in the North Island Line proposal, the Tseung Kwan O line will extend from North Point Station westwards to Tin Hau Station, and connect up with the western portion of the Island Line.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily average patronage and train loading on MTR Railway Lines in 2005 to 2010". HKSAR Government. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "支線全長約七公里 將有五至六個車站 經藍田調景嶺填海區直達將軍澳 近三十三萬人口保證乘客量足夠". Page 5 of Ta Kung Pao. 1987-12-25. (traditional Chinese)
  3. ^ a b "李敦接受記者訪問表示 地鐵建將軍澳支線 財政安排正待批准 如獲港府批准將於九二年動工". Page 5 of Ta Kung Pao. 1987-12-25. (traditional Chinese)
  4. ^ "地鐵已明確表態不興建將軍澳支線". Page 1 of Wah Kiu Yat Po (華僑日報). 1990-08-27. (traditional Chinese)
  5. ^ "地鐵支線通車 市民「趁熱鬧」 爭搭頭班車千人大混亂". Apple Daily. 2002-08-19. (traditional Chinese)

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