Date
17 December 2017
MTR Corp. cites tunnel boring problems at the Admiralty Station. Photo: HKEJ
MTR Corp. cites tunnel boring problems at the Admiralty Station. Photo: HKEJ

MTR confirms delays at South Island Line

MTR Corp. (00066.HK) has confirmed media reports that construction of its South Island Line is subject to delays, news portal i-cable.com reported Wednesday night.

The company did not comment on reports suggesting that the delay could take up to 18 months, but reiterated that 2015 is the target for completion of the project, the report said.

The expected start of the service can only be determined after major construction work is completed, it said.

The railway operator also said it was experiencing tunnel boring problems at the Admiralty Station.

Michael Tien, chairman of Legislative Council’s railways subcommittee, said the issue will be discussed in the panel’s next meeting. On Wednesday, Southern District Council members staged a protest at the government headquarters, slamming the MTR for hiding up the delays.

The Transport and Housing Bureau said the rail operator has been taking measures to speed up work, after the Highways Department said it has observed delays in the construction at the South Island Line over the past six months.

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