Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has awarded the design consultancy contract for the Tung Chung Line Extension project to Atkins Arup Joint Venture, marking an important step forward in a project that is set to benefit the existing and new population intake in the Tung Chung new town.
The scope of the consultancy includes development of the scheme into an engineering design, preparation of the construction programme, gazette plans and project cost estimate, and liaison with government departments and other stakeholders. The Atkins Arup Joint Venture will work closely with MTR’s projects team to deliver this work.
“The award of this contract is an important milestone for the Tung Chung Line Extension project. This will be a community railway so throughout the planning, design and construction stages of the project, we will ensure an ongoing dialogue with the local communities,” said Roger Bayliss, projects director of MTR Corporation. Other works that have also commenced include ground investigation and a survey of existing utilities.
In April of this year, the Hong Kong Government invited MTR to proceed with the detailed planning and design of the project. The project will incorporate a new Tung Chung East Station, located between the existing Sunny Bay and Tung Chung stations and a new terminal station at Tung Chung West. Construction of the project is targeted to start in 2023, and scheduled to complete in 2029.
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