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
Simplified Chinese 将军澳线
Traditional Chinese 將軍澳綫

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 needs 15 trains in service to keep 2.7 minute intervals. It currently travels through seven stations in 15 minutes along its route.

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] construction cost estimated as 3 billions Hong Kong dollar,[3] suggest starting to built in 1992 and planned to be open by the end of 1996,[3] but this plan was cancelled by MTR Corporation in August 1990,[4] then re-proposed in 1993. After being approved by the Hong Kong Executive Council on 20 October 1998, construction commenced on 24 April 1999. The line opened on 18 August 2002, the total cost during construction was 18 billions HKD,[5] and took over the train tracks running through the Eastern Harbour Tunnel from the Kwun Tong Line. Subsequently, the Kwun Tong Line was diverted to Tiu Keng Leng station on the new line.

This line is the first MTR line with no track on viaducts. The portion of the line between Yau Tong and Po Lam has its concourses set on ground level or above, unlike other stations on the MTR network which have concourses underground. Trains at Yau Tong, Po Lam and LOHAS Park are also at ground level, but are completely covered to minimise noise to the surrounding development. The rest of the line has its tracks below ground level.

Not all of the line was newly constructed. Quarry Bay station and the tunnels crossing Victoria Harbour had been in use for over 10 years by the Kwun Tong Line.

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

Trains[edit]

Originally, the MTR bought a batch of new trains to serve the new line, known as "K-Stock", jointly manufactured by a consortium of Hyundai Rotem and Mitsubishi Corporation. The purpose was for quieter travel and the energy of deceleration can be retransmitted to the train. However at the launch of the line, the original "M-trains" (G-Stock, H-Stock and Q-Stock) ran on the new line, while the new trains were transferred to the Kwun Tong Line for service until April 2010. Now, those new trains ran back on Tseung Kwan O Line while those original "M-trains" (G-Stock, H-Stock and Q-Stock) transferred back to the Kwun Tong Line.

The Chinese-built MTR C-Stock EMU entered service on this line in 2013.

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
Admiralty^ Central and Western  Island Line,  Tsuen Wan Line
Wan Chai^ Wan Chai
Causeway Bay^
Tin Hau*
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

Notes

* Proposed as part of the North Island Line project. According to this project, the Tseung Kwan O Line will extend to Tin Hau.

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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