Only repairs needed for Hung Hom Station

Top News | Charlotte Luo 28 Jun 2019

It is not necessary to demolish and rebuild structures at the Hung Hom Station construction site for the Sha Tin to Central Rail Link - but repairs are needed, sources said.

The sources, quoting reports compiled by the MTR Corp, said the rail operator has finished two reports on the rail link's steel bar controversy and is discussing the follow up work with authorities.

The MTRC thinks that the expansion of the station does not require dismantling and reconstruction, but repairing the platform is needed, at a cost of a few million dollars, according to sources.

Different approaches will be used to reinforce the platforms, including adding more steel bars to those areas where these failed to be properly screwed into couplers as well as more I-beams to the bottom, the sources added.

Legislator Michael Tien Puk-sun estimated that repairs will take six to nine months.

Tien said the work of smashing open concrete slabs of the station had been completed and 2 percent of them did not meet the quality requirements. He said comprehensive strategic assessments have also been completed.

If the government accepts this, it is expected to take six to nine months to repair the platforms on the "east west corridor" and the "north south corridor," Tien said.

Tien said the MTRC will be responsible for the repairs so there would be no need to apply to the Legislative Council for funding. But the rail operator may place the responsibility on the main contractor Leighton, he added.

The Highways Department said it will discuss the analysis and contents of the reports.

The final report approved by the government will be submitted to the Commission of Inquiry headed by Michael Hartmann before mid-July.

Tien said it is expected that the Tuen Ma line will be fully operational by the end of next year.

But it could be partially opened to Diamond Hill by end of this year, he said.

It is expected that the Tuen Ma line will ease the congestion in Kowloon Tong when people switch lines.

If the Tuen Ma line is partially opened, trains need to make a turn at Kai Tak Station, so Tien suggests opening the Kai Tak Station as well.

He said he is lobbying the MTRC to compress the sea section project to see if the target to open the Sha Tin to Central Rail Link in 2021 can still be met and has not affected by the scandal.

Last December, the MTRC agreed to dig up spots at the Hung Hom Station expansion to check the quality of work. This followed a corner-cutting scandal at the HK$97.1 billion Sha Tin to Central Rail Link expansion project.

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