SNC-Lavalin wins design consultancy contract for metro project extension in Hong Kong

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jul 2020 ASIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

SNC-Lavalin announced that its Atkins business in a joint venture with Arup, has secured a design consultancy contract from MTR for the Tung Chung Line Extension in Hong Kong.

Connecting the town of Tung Chung with central Hong Kong, Tung Chung Line is one of the eleven rapid transit lines under the MTR system.   

The present project involves a 1.3km underground extension of the line to a new terminus station in Tung Chung West.

An additional above ground station will also be built between Sunny Bay and Tung Chung stations to serve the new development area in Tung Chung East on Lantau Island and strengthen the overall MTR network across Hong Kong.

Under the contract, the joint venture will undertake detailed planning and design of the scheme as well as the preparation for tendering of the project, which includes complex interfaces with the existing operating railway.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business president Philip Hoare said: “Having worked alongside MTRCL for over 40 years, Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway is very much part of our heritage in the region as we’ve grown alongside what is one of the world’s best metro systems. 

“We now look forward to utilising the very latest in digital design, engineering and modern methods of construction to develop a critical line extension which will serve communities across North Lantau.”

Construction on the extension of Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung West and the new station at Tung Chung East will be carried out keeping existing Tung Chung Line operational.

SNC-Lavalin said that a significant challenge to the project is minimising any disruption for the rail service during the construction of the extension.

Ground breaking of the project is expected to begin in 2023 and is expected to be completed by 2029. The estimated cost of the extension is HK$18.7bn ($2.4bn).

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Exterior of Tung Chung station in Hong Kong. (Credit: Wikipedia.org/Hokachung.)

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