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Contractors bid for Hong Kong light rail schemes

HONG KONG contractors are gearing up for a £190M package of work involving the construction of two light rail lines in the Tin Shui Wai district of the New Territories.

The new routes, planned by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, will feed passengers into KCRC's 30.5km West Rail heavy rail line that links Tuen Mun, via Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai, with urban Kowloon.

Atkins China has completed detailed design of the routes, according to KCRC. Contractors are prequalified and the rail company 'is in the process of inviting tenders', said a spokesman.

The first line will complete the loop in the existing Tin Shui Wai new town with additional at-grade track linking the Tin Shui Wai terminus to West Rail's Tin Shui Wai station. The 1.7km line will have three stops and a terminus.

The second 2.65km extension will have five stops and a terminus. Construction of the two lines will start by the end of this year with completion due by the end of 2003.

KCRC is also planning to upgrade three existing light rail stations to provide interchange facilities for the West Rail network. Other improvements to the 31.75km system include new signalling equipment and grade separation at busy light rail and road junctions.

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