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Tunnelling starts on Shatin to Central Link

Hong Kong’s metro operator MTR has said that tunnelling work on the Kowloon City section of the new Shatin to Central Link has got underway.

The tunnel boring machine (TBM) – named Princess Wencheng – was launched from a shaft at To Kwa Wan Station and is now working on the 1.6km drive to Ho Man Tin Station.

A second TBM – named Princess Iron Fan – will be launched later this year.

“We are excited to commence tunnelling works for the Kowloon City Section as it is one of the critical sections of the SCL project,” said MTR Corporation project director Philco Wong. “Though the commencement of this section of tunnelling works has been affected by the extended archaeological survey in To Kwa Wan, our team is making every effort to try to recover most of the time lost.”

The 17km Shatin to Central Link has been described by MTR as a territory-wide strategic railway project with 10 stations. According to a statement by MTR, six of the stations will be interchange stations that will create new east west and north south corridors that will allow for the seamless interchange of passengers heading to and from every corner of Hong Kong.

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