|West Island Line almost complete, MTRC says
The MTR Corporation says work on the West Island Line is almost complete, and they aim to open it before the end of the year.
Problems with the exits at the future Sai Ying Pun station threatened to delay the opening, but the MTR says it has a backup plan in place in which trains won't stop at the station when the line eventually opens.
The MTR says a final decision on whether to bypass Sai Ying Pun will be made in October.
The manager for the West Island Line Project, Stephen Hamill, says they still aim to open the line by the end of the year.
The railway operator also said it had committed to protecting and maintaining for a further year the 120-year-old tree walls at Forbes Street - which are close to the site of the future Kennedy Town station.
During construction, about HK$750 million was spent to relocate the site of the station further away from the wall and to implement stress protection measures.
Hamill said he didn't forsee any problems with the walls once the line opened. --RTHK