The proposed Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE) is a 2.6km extension of the existing Kwun Tong Line (KTL) from Yau Ma Tei (YMT) Station to a new Whampoa (WHA) Station with an interchange with the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) at the proposed Ho Man Tin (HOM) Station. MTR Corporation has been developing the design of KTE since 2008. It is expected that construction of the KTE will commence in 2011 for operation in 2015.
KTE has been desired by the local residents and businesses for a long time to provide a railway service to Ho Man Tin and Whampoa areas and to relieve road traffic congestion in the existing east-west corridors in Kowloon. Implementation of a mass transit system, in this case an underground extension to the existing railway system, will offer a safe, reliable, fast and convenient mode of transport to the areas.
KTE is also environmentally preferred to the existing vehicular based system particularly in regard to long term air and noise pollution emissions and the energy efficiency associated with the electric-powered railway.
The project comprises the following key elements:
- Running tunnels from YMT Station to HOM Station;
- Running tunnels from HOM Station to WHA Station;
- HOM Station with associated structures and provisions including an interchange with the SCL;
- WHA Station with associated structures and provisions;
- The Wylie Road Ancillary Building (WAB) and ventilation structure at Club de Recreio;
- A purpose designed and built temporary explosives storage magazine at Tseung Kwan O Area 137; and
- A temporary barging point at Hung Hom Finger Pier.
Meinhardt Infrastructure and Environmental Ltd. (MIEL) was commissioned to undertake the environmental impact assessment for the project. The EIA Report was submitted in April 2010 and approved by EPD for public inspection in June 2010.