Date
23 August 2017
Ancient water wells and other archaeological finds have led to delays at the To Kwa Wan station on the Shatin-Central rail link in Hong Kong. Representational pic: Xinhua
Ancient water wells and other archaeological finds have led to delays at the To Kwa Wan station on the Shatin-Central rail link in Hong Kong. Representational pic: Xinhua

MTR installs protection walls at SCL archaeological site

MTR Corporation has completed 70 percent of the protection wall work at the To Kwa Wan station site on the Shatin-Central Link (SCL), after ancient water wells were discovered there earlier along with other archaeological finds, Ming Pao Daily News reported Thursday.

The project had been halted as vibrations caused by the installation of protection walls were deemed to be near the limit.

The Antiquities and Monuments Office said the construction work of the SCL can now resume as over half of the archaeological studies have been completed.

The protection wall project was suggested by the MTR last month. It involved 12-meter long walls to be built around the ancient wells using hydraulic press systems. The installation was expected to take two to three weeks.

However, the installation was halted as vibrations averaged 2.7mm per second, and up to 6mm per second during the installation of one of the panels. The MTR then decided to cut short the panel by two meters.

Last month, the MTR discovered another well and flume at the SCL construction site. Independent specialists hired by the rail operator recommended digging down further to facilitate archaeological work, the report said.

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MTR installs protection walls at SCL archaeological site

The MTR Corporation has completed 70 percent of its protection wall project at the To Kwa Wan station site of the Shatin-Central Link (SCL) this month, where ancient water wells were discovered along with other archaeological finds earlier, the Ming Pao Daily News reported Thursday.

The project was halted as the vibration from the installation of protection walls edged near the limits.

The Antiquities and Monuments Office said the construction work of the SCL can now resume as over half of the archaeological studies have been completed.

The protection wall project was suggested by the MTR last month, of which 12-meter long walls will be planted around the ancient wells using hydraulic press. The installation was expected to take two to three weeks.

However, the installation was halted as vibrations averaged 2.7mm per second, and up to 6mm per second during the installation of one of the panels. The MTR then decided to cut short the panel by two meters.

Last month, the MTR discovered another well and flume at the SCL construction site. Independent specialists hired by the MTR suggested digging down further to facilitate archaeological work, the report said.

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