MTR, the Hong Kong mass transit operator, has started the trial operations on the 4.2 km second phase of Tuen Ma line (TML) which is scheduled to enter passenger service in the third quarter of this year. The dynamic tests on the line started in August 2020.
The trial operations will involve selected non-passenger trains running daily between Wu Kai Sha and Hung Hom stations during traffic hours. Starting from 16 February, all passenger trains on the first phase of Tuen Ma Line are progressively running on the new railway section, between Kai Tak and Hung Hom stations, after passengers have alighted at Kai Tak station.
Additional station staff are deployed at Kai Tak station to provide assistance at platform-level and ensure that all passengers have alighted, before the trains then proceed towards Sung Wong Toi station.
“The full TML has moved from the construction phase to the final stage of preparations for passenger services. We are thrilled to see the full TML coming to fruition,” James Chow, the Divisional General Manager for Project Construction at MTR Corporation said.
The Tuen Ma line offer transport connection between the east and west of the New Territories without interchange, providing increased accessibility to passengers.
With 27 stations spanning approximately 56 km, the full TML will be the longest railway line in Hong Kong upon commissioning. The line connects two railway lines and offer links through a number of interchange stations between existing railway lines to further enhance the railway network. Residents along the line will benefit enhanced connectivity with the rest of the city’s railway network, using the six interchange stations.
The full TML will extend the existing TML Phase 1, which commenced operation in February last year, from Kai Tak station to Hung Hom station, offering connection through its three new stations (Hin Keng, Diamond Hill and Kai Tak). The travel time is reduced from 17 minutes to 9 minutes. This section has connection with the existing West Rail Line, via the new Sung Wong Toi and To Kwa Wan stations and new SCL platforms at Ho Man Tin station.