Hong Kong’s South Island Line: a year of achievement
Hong Kong’s South Island Line, and its first year of operation, has been widely recognised as a resounding success. Jeremy Long, CEO – European Business, MTR Corporation, believes the UK and Europe, who are busy transforming their own public transport infrastructures, should look to the South Island Line as an example of how to get it right.
In December 2016, Adi Lau, Operations Director of MTR Corporation, spoke on the maiden train service of the newly-extended South Island Line (SIL), which links Hong Kong’s southern district to the city’s business area. In this speech, Mr Lau outlined the ways in which Hong Kong’s first fully automatic metro line would work and what he hoped it would be able to achieve.
The SIL’s first year of operation has achieved an on-time passenger journey performance of 99.9 per cent and collected a series of awards from around the world. At the British Construction Industry Awards, the line took home International Project of the Year, while the new stations at Ocean Park and Wong Chuk Hang, built by MTR under a ‘rail plus property’ (R+P) financing model won silver prizes at the Hong Kong Design Awards. Now just over a year old, the South Island Line extension is bringing new plaudits to a line already recognised as one of the best in the world, and MTR hopes to use the successes of the SIL in its approach to deliver rail systems around the world.
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