TWO Hong Kong offshoots of British consultants have won consultancy deals for road and rail projects in the territory. The deals signal Hong Kong's continuing commitment to infrastructure projects past the 1997 handover. The largest went to Maunsell Consultants Asia for feasibility studies and preliminary designs for the $20 billion Tseung Kwan O rail extension in the New Territories planned by the Mass Transit Railway Corp (MTRC). Working with Maunsell are eight sub-consultants, including MVA Asia, Urbis Travers Morgan, ERM Hong Kong, Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) and Metro Operations Consultants. The year-long assignment will study proposed route alignments for a nine-kilometre railway line in the eastern New Territories. It will include cost estimates, the location of five stations and the type of construction - whether in tunnel or at grade. Once initial designs are complete the firm could negotiate with the MTRC to extend the consultancy to cover detailed designs and construction supervision. Maunsell has also signed a separate agreement to study construction of a $2 billion two-kilometre tunnel link between Quarry Bay and Tin Hau stations on Hong Kong Island. The link will extend the Kwun Tong line to Tin Hau to provide a cross-platform interchange with Island Line trains and relieve congestion at Quarry Bay station. Construction could start in 1998. Mouchel Asia has won an assignment from Hong Kong's Highways Department to study plans for a two-kilometre bridge or tunnel crossing between Lantau Island and Sham Tseng in the New Territories. The firm will consider a suspension bridge and a bored or immersed tunnel as options for the crossing. The project is a key element in the Government's road plans in the western New Territories. As part of this Mouchel will assess how the Sham Tseng crossing should connect with other roads, including those from China. These cover a western link to the Lingdingyang bridge from Zhuhai and roads through the New Territories to two bridges linking with Shekou. Another possibility is a highway to the North Lantau port development. The study will take about a year to complete. Four consultancy groups have been short-listed for tendering by Hong Kong's Territory Development Department to carry out design studies for the southeast Kowloon reclamation. Centred on Kai Tak airport, the scheme entails the redevelopment of the 350-hectare airport site and 300 hectares of reclamation. The four are: Atkins Haswell with Faithfull and Gould, Kai Tak 2000 consisting of Posford, Binnie, Ove Arup, Mouchel, Llewellyn Davis, Foster Asia, Wong Tong & Partners, MVA Asia, Beard Dove and Demas, Maunsell Consultants Asia, Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick and Partners.