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Hong Kong rail boom gets 2.4bn boost

HONG KONG'S rail boom has been given a further boost with the go ahead for a 2.4bn extension to the Mass Transit Railway.

Construction of the Mass Transit Railway Corporation's 12.5km Tseung Kwan O extension is expected to start this year for completion by December 2002.

This week fellow operator the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation announced an investment of more than 182M in its Light Rail system. These improvement and extension works should service development in the north western New Territories and provide interchanges with the new 5bn West Rail line, which started on site last week (NCE 22 October).

Last month KCRC was asked to submit a detailed proposal for a spur to open up a second crossing to the mainland at Lok Ma Chau, while in September it was asked to proceed with the detailed planning and design of two extensions to its East Rail service, totalling about 1.22bn.

The project includes an 11.4km extension to the new town of Ma On Shan and a city centre link to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Plans are also being considered for a dedicated freight line serving the port.

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