A one-stop trip to Austin station on the MTR Corp's new Kowloon Southern Link will cost HK$4.40 if an Octopus card is used, or HK$5 if a single-journey ticket is bought, the corporation announced yesterday. It has also decided that a trip from anywhere on its network to Austin station will cost the same as a trip to Kowloon station. The 3.8km link extends the West Rail Line from Nam Cheong to Hung Hom, with stops at the new Austin station and the East Tsim Sha Tsui station. The route, which will cut more than 20 minutes' travelling time off some trips from the New Territories, will open by the end of September. Austin station, the only new station along the link, is located at the junction of Jordan Road and Canton Road, a few minutes' walk from Elements shopping mall, the China ferry terminal and Kowloon station. 'To promote the new rail extension, we will be introducing a new Tuen Mun-Hung Hom monthly pass that will allow unlimited rides on the line for a month at the price of HK$470,' the MTR Corporation's general manager of marketing, Jeny Yeung Mei-chun, said. The new pass costs HK$70 more than an existing pass that allows unlimited rides on the West Rail, which currently ends at Nam Cheong. After the Kowloon Southern Link opens, the West Rail monthly pass will be renamed the Tuen Mun-Nam Cheong monthly pass. Holders of the old pass will have to pay the fare between Nam Cheong and their destination along the new extension. Service on the West Rail line will be improved after the extension goes into service. Trains will depart every three minutes during peak periods, instead of every three and a half minutes. The MTR expects the new extension will bring 30,000 additional passengers to the West Rail Line. Trips from the New Territories to Kowloon will be shortened upon opening of the link. At the moment, someone leaving from Tuen Mun generally hops off the train and onto a bus at Nam Cheong when travelling to East Tsim Sha Tsui. The whole journey takes an hour. Travelling on the new link will shorten his journey to 35.5 minutes. 'When we buy wife cakes [a traditional Chinese pastry] in Yuen Long ... they become lukewarm when we arrive in Austin. Once the link's completed, the cakes should remain hot and fresh,' said Choi Tak-tsan, head of operations for the MTR. For those in Tin Shui Wai, a trip to East Tsim Sha Tsui will be 31.5 minutes, 24.5 minutes shorter. Hung Hom station will become the terminus of both West Rail and East Rail. As a result, passengers taking East Rail to East Tsim Sha Tsui - the current terminus of the East Rail Line - will need to change trains at Hung Hom, which depart every two minutes during peak periods. New display boards indicating platforms and departure times of trains going in different directions will be set up at Hung Hom station in due course.