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Wan Chai could get three more stations as part of MTR shake-up

Wan Chai could get three more stations as part of MTR shake-up

Three stations would be built in or close to Wan Chai if a proposal to construct a new rail line is adopted to ease congestion. Under one of two options, trains would cease running the full length of the MTR's Island Line. Passengers boarding in the eastern part of Hong Kong Island would have to change trains to reach Wan Chai and Central.

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New rail lines to help ease crowding

New railways on the drawing board are likely to focus on relieving congestion at some interchange stations, such as Admiralty and North Point, transport officials say.

At least three projects have been lined up from 2020. The plans would be launched for public consultation in December, the Transport and Housing Bureau said yesterday.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am


Mansion must be preserved

I wish to take issue with those who argue that Ho Tung Gardens is not worth saving.

This singular and handsome mansion, with its Chinese tiled turrets and elegant arched openings and balconies, is on view to any who walk around Mount Kellett Road near the Matilda International Hospital.

1 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Tibetan exiles to swear in new political leader

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Pound Lane favoured route for second escalator

Pound Lane has been proposed as the best route for a second Mid-Levels escalator. A study by a consultant to the Central and Western District Council says it is a better route than nearby Shing Wong Lane.

2 May 2011 - 12:00am

Operator should refit trams and revise routes to boost usage

Hong Kong Tramways operates the cheapest form of public transport in the city and has not raised tram fares for 12 years.

Now it wants an increase of 50 cents so it can introduce various upgrades.

I have a number of ideas about what improvements I would like to see.

20 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Panel backs park overhaul

The Land and Development Advisory Committee has backed China Resources Property's plan to renovate the Harbour Road Garden. The MTR Corp had wanted to use the site to store material during building of the West Island Line. The committee also supported the University of Hong Kong plan to redevelop a disused school building in Kennedy Town into a hostel.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am


Should the drug-rehab school get the Mui Wo premises?

If you compare the comments of those who support the Christian Zheng Sheng College's move to the vacant Mui Wo secondary school site to those who do not, there is a marked difference.

Supporters of the site's use for local education have justified their arguments with research from years of campaigning.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Funding approved for West Island Line

Construction of the MTR's West Island Line is to begin next month after lawmakers approved HK$12.25 billion for the project. Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng said the project was expected to create about 3,000 jobs. Construction is expected to be completed by 2012.

4 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Rising costs and changes to West Island Line boost cost from HK$8.9b to HK$15.4b, with taxpayers to bear brunt

Rising material costs and changes made for environmental reasons have helped to almost double the construction cost of the MTR's West Island Line. The latest estimate for the 3km, three-station extension to the Island Line has risen from HK$8.9 billion to HK$15.4 billion, the government announced yesterday.

27 May 2009 - 12:00am


What do you think of the decision not to build an MTR station at Happy Valley?

Deciding against having an MTR station in Happy Valley illustrates a short-sighted approach to the provision of a long-term sustainable transport system in Hong Kong.

22 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Tunnels 'add billions' to South Island line

The government has for the first time estimated the cost to put the entire South Island line underground as opposed to using a viaduct design. Briefing lawmakers yesterday, transport chief Eva Cheng said tunnels would add billions of dollars to the project. The government had not yet done a detailed cost comparison, however.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Another red light for Happy Valley station

The MTR Corp says planning and design work on its South Island line has found that adding a station at Happy Valley would cause traffic chaos for residents and be much more expensive and time consuming than previously thought.

30 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

3,000 Sai Wan residents oppose proposed MTR ventilation shaft

About 3,000 residents in Sai Wan are dissatisfied with a proposed ventilation shaft on the MTR West Island line, saying it would pollute the air and make the road surface hotter.

Hui Kwan-ying, representative of the Hill Road residents, complained to legislators yesterday that the MTR Corporation had not listened to their opinions regarding the proposed ventilation shaft.

27 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Key elements of old Wan Chai market will be preserved

I refer to the letter from K. J. R. Borthwick ('Authority is destroying heritage and environment of Hong Kong', January 13) and wish to correct misconceptions about Urban Renewal Authority (URA) projects and help readers understand the URA's approach to conserving important features of these projects.

20 Jan 2008 - 12:00am