MTR Contractor faces legal action

Local | Michael Shum 4 Jun 2020

Michael Shum

The main contractor of the scandal-plagued Sha Tin to Central rail link has been prosecuted by the buildings department, transport chief Frank Chan Fan said.

Chan told lawmakers in a Legislative Council meeting yesterday that the government has begun legal action against construction company Leighton, the contractor responsible for construction at Hung Hom station of the Sha Tin to Central Link.

The lawsuit was launched three days after the final report by the commission of inquiry was published on May 12, which found MTR Corp and Leighton "responsible for serious deficiencies."

"The buildings department prosecuted the contractor Leighton under the Buildings Ordinance on May 15. Since the case has entered the judicial process, it is not appropriate to comment at this stage," Chan said in the meeting.

Chan also said that the government and the rail giant are focusing on project delivery and expect to fully open the Tuen Ma Line in the third quarter of 2021 - earlier than originally scheduled.

Opened on February 14, phase one of the Tuen Ma line currently runs from Tai Wai station to Kai Tak station and eventually from Tai Wai to Admiralty, but is not expected to open fully until the first quarter of 2022.

The Sha Tin to Central Link is Hong Kong's costliest rail project ever at around HK$90 billion, but was plagued with problems including missing paperwork, subsidence, and building works carried out with unapproved designs.

Meanwhile, the transport and housing bureau released a report yesterday by an independent audit panel to follow up on progress regarding recommendations made in the interim report by the commission of inquiry on the railway project.

Of the 58 suggestions made, "the panel is of the view that 14 have been reached and 42 are with satisfactory progress, whereas the remaining two have also made progress," the report said.


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