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HK to link East and West rail lines

THE KOWLOON Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) has won Hong Kong government approval to build an US$1.3bn, 4.2km link to connect its East Rail and West Rail lines around the Kowloon peninsula.

James Blake, KCRC senior director capital projects, said the link, built using a mix of cut and cover, bored tunnel and top down construction, will run from the end of the East Rail network at Tsim Sha Tsui East to the West Rail Nam Cheong Street terminus.

Particularly challenging will be Canton Road station on the east side of the peninsula, involving construction of a station underneath a key traffic artery.

Construction, which is expected to involve UK consultants, is likely to start in 2004 with completion by 2007-08.

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