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Design and build dominates new HK rail lines

HONG KONG'S Kowloon Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) is to use design and build on its next two major rail projects.

Consultants bidding for design work are being asked to design 60% of the project, leaving the rest to be done by contractors.

Consultants are now bidding for contracts to design the £3.5bn 18km long Sha Tin to Central line, plus 11 stations, and the 4.2km £900M Kowloon southern link.

The Sha Tin to Central line runs on a parallel route to the busy East Rail route from Sha Tin, before running under Hong Kong Harbour to the Central district of Hong Kong island.

The Kowloon southern link will connect KCRC's East and West rail systems when it is completed in 2008-9.

Consultants have about a month to prepare their tenders which are due to in early November.

KCRC capital projects director James Blake said: 'The scheme design consultancies should be awarded by the end of this year or early next year at the latest.

They will flesh out the preliminary feasibility studies.'

INFOPLUS www. kcrc. com

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