What is set to become Hong Kong’s longest railway line – connecting the east and west New Territories – is set to open next month.

Sung Wong Toi and To Kwa Wan stations. Photo: MTR.

The government has announced that two new MTR stations – Sung Wong Toi and To Kwa Wan – will open on June 27 connecting the existing West Rail Line and Phase 1 of Tuen Ma Line to complete a 56-kilometre long line that runs through 27 stations from Tuen Mun to Wu Kai Sha.

Tuen Ma Line. Photo: MTR.

During rush hour, there will be a train every three minutes, Secretary for Transport Frank Chan said on Friday.

To Kwa Wan station. Photo: MTR.

Both stations will have four lifts and 10 escalators. The four exits in the To Kwa Wan station connect Lok Shan Road and To Kwa Wan Market, while the Sung Wong Toi station connects Sung Wong Toi Playground and Nam Kok Road.

Tok Wa Wan station. Photo: MTR.

During construction a large amount of historical relics from the Sung-Yuen dynasty were found at the site of Sung Wong Toi station, causing construction costs to increase by HK$4.1 billion.

Sung Wong Toi station. Photo: MTR.

According to the MTR “archaeological elements” have been included in the design of the station.

Tok Wa Wan station. Photo: MTR.

The opening of the line was initially schedule for December 2018, but was delayed because of the discovery of the relics, as well as construction scandals in multiple stations. In one case, steel bars at the Hung Hom station expansion were found to have been improperly installed.

Decorations inside the Sung Wong Toi station. Photo: MTR.

Chan said that the attitude of the government was very clear and that the administration would not simply meet the increased costs due to “imperfect management.”

Candice Chau

Candice is a reporter at Hong Kong Free Press. She previously worked as a researcher at a local think tank. She has a BSocSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics.