3 December 2000
KCRC awards HK$4,100 million East Rail Extensions contracts
The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) today (Sunday) announced the award of first batch of construction contracts for East Rail Extensions at a combined value of about HK$4,100 million.
Of these contracts, three are for Ma On Shan Rail and one for Tsim Sha Tsui Extension.
The construction contracts for the southern section (Tai Wai to Shek Mun) and the northern section (Shek Mun to Wu Kai Sha) of Ma On Shan Rail were awarded to NECSO-China State Joint Venture at a price of about HK$3,300 million.
The contract for the construction of a new Tai Wai Station to serve both East Rail and Ma On Shan Rail went to Maeda Corporation at a price of about HK$687 million.
The contract for modifications of Hung Hom Station to accommodate East Rail's extension to Tsim Sha Tsui was awarded to Chun Wo Construction and Engineering Company Limited at a price of about HK$118 million.
A KCRC spokesman said the awards were made through open tender in accordance with the World Trade Organization requirements.
Construction of the 11.4-km Ma On Shan Rail and the 1-km Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is packaged into eight civil construction contacts. The remaining four construction contracts will be awarded early next year.
The construction of Ma On Shan Rail and Tsim Sha Tsui Extension is due for completion in 2004.
KCRC also announced the names of stations of Ma On Shan Rail and Tsim Sha Tsui Extension. They are: Che Kung Temple, Sha Tin Wai, City One, Shek Mun, Tai Shui Hang, Heng On, Ma On Shan, Wu Kai Sha, and East Tsim Sha Tsui.
These names are adopted on the basis of a territory-wide naming competition organized jointly by KCRC and the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education to promote public understanding of the East Rail Extensions project and to ensure local community's views on station names can be taken into account.