West Island Line

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West Island Line
西港島綫
Overview
Type Heavy rail (rapid transit)
System MTR
Locale Districts: Central and Western
Termini Kennedy Town
Sheung Wan
Stations 3
Operation
Opened

28 December 2014 (HKU and Kennedy Town)

29 March 2015 (Sai Ying Pun)
Technical
Track gauge 1,432 mm (4 ft 8 38 in)
Electrification 1.5 kV DC
Route map
South Island Line and West Island Line proposal.svg

Colour legend
West Island Line


Kennedy Town
Left arrow
South Island Line (West)
to Wong Chuk Hang
HKU
Sai Ying Pun
Sheung Wan
Island Line
to Chai Wan
Down arrow

The West Island Line is the three-station western extension of the Hong Kong MTR's Island Line. Construction of the line began on 10 August 2009, and the two westernmost stations on line opened on 28 December 2014; the intermediary Sai Ying Pun Station opened on 29 March 2015.[1][2] The first train went into service that day at 6:00 a.m. Hong Kong time.

History[edit]

Initial proposals[edit]

The MTR Corporation Limited (MTRC) submitted its first proposal for the West Island line in May 2002. This was similar to the final alignment, with stations at Sai Ying Pun, Belcher and Kennedy Town. In revisions in 2003 and 2004, the West Island Line became its own line, which would interchange with the Island Line at Sheung Wan or Sai Ying Pun. On 28 May 2004, planning for the line was deferred.

Alignment of Original Scheme

Final scheme[edit]

Alignment of the final scheme

On 25 February 2005, the Panel of Transport of Legislative Council had a meeting discussing West and South Island Line. MTR had submitted a revised scheme on 22 February and an introduction to the scheme was conducted in the meeting.

In the scheme, West Island Line included only the extension to Island Line. The rest became the west section of South Island Line. The new West Island Line would run from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town:

The scheme was gazetted in October 2007 and given final authorisation in March 2009.[2] Construction of the 3-kilometre extension started on 10 August 2009, for completion in 2014.[2] The cost of the line is estimated to be HK$15.4 billion.[2]

Project details[edit]

Construction cost[edit]

According to the summary report of the new lines, the construction cost of the West Island Line would be HK$15.4 billion (as at Dec 2008). MTR asked for government funding of less than half of the total cost. The remaining cost and the operational cost would be covered by MTR.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Island Line targets to open in December 2014, 90% of works complete" (PDF). MTR Corporation. 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/corporate/file_rep/PR-09-093-E.pdf

Papers from Government and Legislature

News reports

Press releases

External links[edit]