24 May 2002
All KCR West Rail stations in the New Territories topped out
KCR West Rail today (Friday) celebrated the topping out of Yuen Long Station and Long Ping Station at a ceremony officiated by KCRC Chairman Mr Michael Tien Puk-sun and Board Member Mr Denys Connolly.
With the topping out of the two stations, all of the six West Rail stations in the Yuen Long and Tuen Mun districts were topped out. In overall terms, the West Rail project is 74% complete and will be able to commence operation ahead of the original target date of December 2003.
Yuen Long Station, an important interchange with Light Rail, is an above ground station built by the side of Sun Yuen Long Centre while Long Ping Station, adjacent to Long Ping Estate, is an elevated station which cuts across the Yuen Long Nullah.
The pursuit for harmony with the environment and neighbour friendliness were embodied in station design. Speaking at the topping out ceremony, KCRC Chairman Mr Tien said, "Yuen Long Station is adjacent to the traditional villages of Yuen Long such as Nam Bin Wai and Ng Wo, thus a no-frills approach is adopted to match the rural village setting. Long Ping Station is elevated over the Yuen Long Nullah with high-rise residential buildings in the vicinity, therefore more modernistic design is adopted and the station will be integrated with the viaduct."
The two stations were built over geologically challenging conditions. The unique site formations in the area made piling extremely difficult. Very deep piles were used and longer excavation time was required. One of the piles in Long Ping Station, for example, is 129 metres long and is one of the longest piles in the world.
Mr Tien said that the completion of the major structure of the two stations on time and within budget well demonstrated KCRC's ability to undertake any large-scale railway projects.
Construction works of the two stations was packaged into one contract which was awarded to AMEC-Hong Kong Construction Joint Venture at HK$1.76 billion in September 1999.