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Published: 10:18, May 15, 2022 | Updated: 10:26, May 15, 2022
MTR's East Rail cross-harbor extension officially opens
By Wang Zhan
Published:10:18, May 15, 2022 Updated:10:26, May 15, 2022 By Wang Zhan

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (first left), Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan (first right), Chairman of the MTR Corporation Limited Rex Auyeung (second left), and Chief Executive Officer of the MTRC Jacob Kam take a train from Hung Hom Station to Exhibition Centre Station with other guests before the opening ceremony of the East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension, Hong Kong, May 14, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – The MTR’s East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension officially opened on Sunday, allowing commuters from the northeast New Territories to reach the financial districts in Central and Admiralty in a single ride.

The extension connects Hung Hom station in Kowloon with Admiralty station on the Hong Kong Island via the new Exhibition Centre station, reducing rail journey between the two stations from 19 minutes to seven minutes

The extension connects Hung Hom station in Kowloon with Admiralty station on the Hong Kong Island via the new Exhibition Centre station, reducing rail journey between the two stations from 19 minutes to seven minutes.

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With a total route length of around 46 km, the East Rail Line becomes Hong Kong’s fourth cross-harbor railway line. 

At an opening ceremony held on Saturday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the extension carries strategic significance.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the East Rail Line Cross-Harbour Extension, Hong Kong, May 14, 2022. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

A display panel inside the train compartment shows the stations along the extended East Rail Line. (PHOTO / MTR CORPORTATION)

In the long run, the East Rail Line will connect the central business districts on the Hong Kong Island with the northern metropolitan area on the New Territories, further promoting cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, she said.

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She also predicted the extension will be highly popular among local residents.


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