Slaughter and May advised MTR Corporation Limited (MTR) on the project agreements for the financing, design, construction, completion, pre-operation, operation and maintenance of the Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line (KTU(EAL)) and the Tuen Mun South Extension (TME).
Together with the signing of the project agreement and construction commencement of the Tung Chung Line Extension project earlier, these projects will contribute significantly to the development of Hong Kong by expanding Hong Kong’s railway network to facilitate the city’s long-term sustainable development.
KTU(EAL) will be situated in the town centre of the future Kwu Tung North New Development Area, located between the Lok Ma Chau Station and Sheung Shui Station on the East Rail Line. It will serve as the major public transportation hub in the area, providing efficient and convenient railway services for the existing and future residents living in the Kwu Tung North New Development Area. KTU(EAL) is an underground station and will be the first new station in Hong Kong to be built on top of an operating railway tunnel, which involves highly complex construction procedures.
The TME project includes the extension of the Tuen Ma Line southward by approximately 2.4km from Tuen Mun Station via a viaduct and the construction of two new stations, including an intermediate station at Area 16 and a new terminal station at Tuen Mun South near the Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal. TME will provide direct railway connectivity to the Tuen Mun South community, serving the transport needs of commuters living and working in the area.
Both the KTU(EAL) and TME projects are further examples of the “Rail plus Property” development model.
The target completion dates of the KTU(EAL) and TME are 2027 and 2030, respectively.