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Other projects

There is always another rail line being built in Hong Kong. The Kowloon Southern link project is out to tender with construction aimed to start in June. The rail line will link the East and West Rail lines between East Tsim Sha Tsui and Nam Cheong.

Completion is scheduled for 2009. Bored tunnel construction will be used to avoid disrupting the busy district of Tsim Sha Tsui.

The other project on the drawing board is the Northern Link which will connect West Rail's Kam Sheung Road and East Rail's Lok Ma Chau stations by 2011 to complete the rail loop. Plans for this line will be submitted to the government next month with the aim of beginning construction at the end of 2006.

Both of these projects have been managed from inception by Hong Kong engineers, something East Rail extensions director KK Lee is hugely proud of:

'We previously relied on foreign consultants to carry out some of the work, but in the past few years we've built up enough expertise to do it here using local teams.'

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