Date
13 December 2017
The HKU station saw its first users when MTR invited the media to a test drive on Wednesday ahead of the Dec. 28 opening of the West Island Line. Photo: MTR facebook
The HKU station saw its first users when MTR invited the media to a test drive on Wednesday ahead of the Dec. 28 opening of the West Island Line. Photo: MTR facebook

West Island Line begins operations Dec. 28

The West Island Line extension of Hong Kong’s mass railway system will open on Dec. 28, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

The three-kilometer section connects Sheung Wan district with Kennedy Town, with two intermediate stations serving the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Sai Ying Pun, according to rail operator MTR Corp. 

MTR will offer public tours of the HKU and Kennedy Town stations this weekend.

The first train on the new line will leave Kennedy Town at 6 a.m. on Dec. 28.

Trains will run every two minutes during peak hours and every four minutes on off-peak times, he said.

The trip from Sheung Wan to Kennedy Town will take about seven minutes, with the number of peak-hour passengers estimated at 60,000.

However, the Sai Ying Pun station will remain closed until the first quarter next year to allow construction work on some entrances affected by ground conditions.

MTR operations director Jacob Kam said the government gave the new line the go-ahead after a system check.

Kam said passengers may experience delays as the new line adapts to a different electrical system.

On Wednesday, MTR invited the media to a test drive.

Reporters found the ride between HKU and Sai Yig Pun shaky which MTR officials attributed to more turns than a typical section. 

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