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Monday, December 5, 2016, 18:05

South Island Line to open Dec 28

By chinadailyasia.com
South Island Line to open Dec 28
MTR Corporation (MTRC) Chief Executive Officer Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen explains the South Island Line during a press conference at Admiralty Station on Dec 5, 2016. (Parker Zheng / China daily)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong's metro rail service will cover the city's all 18 districts on Dec 28 with the South Island Line starting service that day, MTR Corporation (MTRC) Chief Executive Officer Lincoln Leong Kwok-kuen announced on Monday.

The five new stations under the South Island Line will be opened to the public on Dec 24, but the service will start on Dec 28

The new line will benefit locals and tourists going to the Ocean Park and commuters living in populated communities in the Southern District.

All the five new stations will be opened to the public on Dec 24, the official open day, Leong said.

It will make Admiralty a multi-intersection of metro lines as the Tsuen Wan Line, Island LinSe and South Island Line meet at the station.

The Shatin to Central Link , which is expected to start services in 2019, will also be connected to Admiralty.

Leong said MTRC succeeded to open the line thanks to the hard work by the construction contractors and operation team, support from communities living around the construction sites and cooperation from various government departments.

According to the MTRC, the line runs 7 kilometers, connecting Admiralty, the Ocean Park, Wong Chuk-hang – an old industrial district which will become a new business center – with Lei Tung and South Horizons on Ap Lei Chau.

South Island Line to open Dec 28
Graphic by Alex Tang / China Daily

The new line consists of 10 new 3-car S-Trains using steel wheels. During peak hours, it can provide services every 3 minutes.

The trains are externally similar to the existing ones in service on the Kwun Tong Line. But they will be totally driverless, being the second such line in Hong Kong after the Disneyland Resort Line, according to the MTRC.

According to the latest census by Hong Kong's Census and Statistics Department, the Southern District accommodates a total population of 278,655.

The South Island Line was initially scheduled to operate by December last year. But the MTR announced in 2014 that the launch would be pushed back by six months. This is due to difficulties in excavating at Admiralty Station. Last year, the opening was postponed again.

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