Tung Chung Line Extension gets greenlight
It is expected to be completed in 2029.
The Executive Council has approved the implementation Tung Chung Line Extension (TUE) which is expected to start construction this year and to be completed in 2029.
In a statement, the government said the extension line is composed of the Tung Chung East (TCE) Section and the Tung Chung West (TCW) Section.
The construction of the TCE Section includes the above-ground TCE Station at the TCE reclamation area between the existing Sunny Bay Station and Tung Chung Station and the around 1.2-kilometre long railway track re-alignment for the existing Tung Chung Line (TCL).
Meanwhile, the TCW Section includes the around 1.3-kilometre-long westward extension from the existing railway tunnels of Tung Chung Station with the construction of the underground station at the west of Yat Tung Estate. The TCW Station will serve as the new terminal station of TCL.
A government spokesman said the TUE project ell reduce the travel time from TCW Station and TCE Station to Tsim Sha Tsui or Central by railway by around 12 minutes and 21 minutes, respectively, compared with road-based transport.
"The Tung Chung New Town Extension (TCNTE) in TCW and TCE areas is one of the important medium-to-long-term sources of land supply in Hong Kong to meet housing, economic and social needs. The TUE will offer direct railway access to the TCNTE to support the long-term, sustainable growth in population and employment opportunities in that area,” the spokesman said.