East rail line extension Northern Link infrastructure Improvements

The Northern link connects the East rail line with the Tuen Ma line with the East rail line extension. Northern link aims to improve the overall communication within the city and the suburbs so that no one has difficulties reaching their destination. 

The base of an advanced city is nothing other than communication. It will also open a door to endless possibilities in the North-West new territories. As it is meeting all the needs of transportation of denizens, the companies have also started thinking about increasing the infrastructure of those territories which will eventually lead to East rail line extension, an improvement in the socio-economic condition of that area. 

Why this extension?

More opportunities

With the East rail line extension, the Northern link is trying its best to come up with several exciting opportunities for the denizens. It includes living, housing, working, business and learning. As the connectivity problem is solved with the East rail line extension, the Northwest Territories are going to witness a speedy development in upcoming years that will also enhance the living standard of the people. 

The East rail line extension can increase the overall infrastructure and connectivity of Hong Kong for people within the territories and outside.

Areas getting connected

With the East rail line extension, the Northern link is connecting the building of Kwu Tung Station on the Kam Sheung Road Station and the East Rail Line. It also includes three midway stations that are, Au Tau, Ngau Tam Mei, and San Tin. After the East rail line extension, Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line will be the main public transport hub in the territory. It will also allow the citizens of Kwu Tung North New Development Area to enjoy amazing rail connectivity.

Northern link has targeted to complete the east rail line extension within the year 2034.  It will connect the east and new waste territories to improve the infrastructure in the new territory areas and also to improve the overall connectivity of Hong Kong. It will help the city to develop strategically so that people don't have to suffer from transportation or connectivity issues.

Changes of transportation hubs

With the East rail line extension, Kwu Tung Station is proposed to be built between Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau stations. It is going to be the next transportation hub for that entire locality as it will be the junction of the present Ma Tso Lung Road and Ho Sheung Heung Road. It is proposed that this area is going to be the town hub of the upcoming Kwu Tung North New Development Area. This new station, Kwu Tung, will make it easier to connect through the east rail lines. 

Fastest connectivity

The East rail line extension by the Northern link will cover the route of about 10.7 Kilometres. It will connect Kwu Tung Station with the Kam Sheung Road with three midway stations, San Tin, Au Tau, and Ngau Tam Mei. It will cover the distance between Kwu Tung Station to Sheung Shui Station in around 3 minutes. On the other hand, if someone tries to cover this distance with a road journey, it can take up to 15 minutes during peak hours. 

On the other hand, the East rail line extension will take around 10 minutes to cover the distance between Kam Sheung Road Station and Kwu Tung Station. This is an extremely busy road and if one tries to cover this distance by road, it can take up to 60-80 minutes.

MTR – the company behind Northern Rail line

With the East rail line extension, the connectivity will be faster and people will not have to struggle on the road to reach their destinations. With the best team, we, the MTR company has stepped into the field to help people stay connected with the city and enhance their living standard.

 

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Beyond Mobility
Northern Link

The Northern Link connects the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line, offering residents a more efficient and environmentally friendly railway transport system. It also fosters the mobility of citizens within and outside the area, encouraging exploration of the infinite possibilities of the Northwest New Territories. By serving long-term transport needs, the Northern Link promotes development of the Northwest New Territories through the provision of transport infrastructure, thereby creating greater value for the community. Looking ahead, the Northern Link will open up exciting opportunities for the public, including for living, housing, working, business and learning in Northwest New Territories and even across all of Hong Kong. It will provide new impetus for growth and advance our concerted efforts in building a sustainable future for Hong Kong.

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Vision of Northern Link

The Northern Link project includes the construction of Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line, as well as the Northern Link between the Kwu Tung Station and the Kam Sheung Road Station, with three intermediate stations at San Tin, Ngau Tam Mei and Au Tau to connect the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line.

The Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line will serve as the key public transport hub in the area. It will facilitate existing and future residents in the Kwu Tung North New Development Area to enjoy efficient and convenient rail services in 2027.

With construction of the Northern Link targeted for completion in 2034, it will enhance the transport connectivity between the east and west of New Territories, facilitating development in the North region and supporting the unleashing of the development potential of land along the alignment and the city's long-term strategic development.

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East Rail Line –
Kwu Tung Station

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The Northern Link

Development of Northern Link

Click the above "East Rail Line - Kwu Tung Station" or "The Northern Link" buttons to see an introduction of these two projects.

Development of Northern Link

Click the above "East Rail Line - Kwu Tung Station" or "The Northern Link" buttons to see an introduction of these two projects.

Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line

Target to commence construction in 2023 for completion in 2027

Building between Sheung Shui and Lok Ma Chau stations, the proposed Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line is located at the junction of the existing Ma Tso Lung Road and Ho Sheung Heung Road, which is also the proposed town centre of the future Kwu Tung North New Development Area. Connecting to the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line of the East Rail Line, the new station will be the key public transport hub in the area, facilitating easier access to railway services.

Follow the underground alignment design of the Lok Ma Chau Spur Line of the East Rail Line, underground station design will be adopted for Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line to serve the population growth and transport needs of the Kwu Tung New Development Area.

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The Northern Link

Target to commence construction in 2025 for completion in 2034

Connecting the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line, the Northern Link will be built between the Kwu Tung Station and the Kam Sheung Road Station, with three intermediate stations at San Tin, Ngau Tam Mei and Au Tau. The Northern Link will form a railway loop to improve transport connectivity between the east and west of New Territories. It will also support the unleashing of the development potential of land along the alignment.

When formulating railway alignment, we will conduct studies on underground and above-ground scheme options and listen to the views from different stakeholders. After preliminary assessment and consideration of various factors, the underground scheme is considered as a sustainable option and could actively respond to the opinions of stakeholders. We are now conducting further technical studies and design works based on the underground scheme option. The actual alignment and station locations will be announced later.

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Key Information

  • Route length of the Northern Link, building between the Kwu Tung Station and the Kam Sheung Road Station, is

    about 10.7km

    with three intermediate stations at San Tin, Ngau Tam Mei and Au Tau.

  • Journey time is approximately

    3 minutes

    from Kwu Tung Station to Sheung Shui Station.

    (Road journey currently takes about 15 minutes during peak hours).

  • Journey time is approximately

    12 minutes

    from Kam Sheung Road Station to Kwu Tung Station.

    (Road journey currently takes about 60 to 80 minutes during peak hours).

Key Benefits

The Northern Link will connect the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line, forming a railway loop and shortening journey times in the Northern New Territories. The Northern Link will also provide more route alternatives for residents in the New Territories, helping divert railway passenger flow in the Northeastern New Territories and alleviating road traffic pressure. In addition, the Northern Link enhances cross-border population mobility, particularly for those living in the west of the New Territories to easily go to the Lo Wu Control Point and the Lok Ma Chau Control Point via the Northern Link.

Railway is a low-carbon form of mass public transportation. Apart from realising sustainable development once operational, we will embed sustainability into each stage of project delivery for the Northern Link, including the planning, design and construction stages. For instance, we will conduct an environmental impact assessment and incorporate sustainable features into the design of the new stations, thereby supporting Hong Kong in its transition towards a carbon-neutral city. We will also utilise innovations and technology, such as Building Information Modelling, to enhance efficiency. The more convenient railway services provided by the Northern Link will provide residents of the area with more opportunities for employment, as well as better access to education, medical care, shopping and social services. The enhanced connectivity will meet the future needs of our community for a better place to live and work.

The Northern Link supports the unleashing of the development potential of the land along its alignment. It facilitates the housing supply and encourages business, leisure, tourism and other activities in the area, driving local employment and economic development.

Latest News

14 - 04 - 2022

Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line Gazetted

The MTR Corporation welcomes the Government‘s publication of the railway scheme for the Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line in the Gazette under the Railways Ordinance (Cap.519). The Corporation will fully support and fulfil the relevant statutory procedures to commence construction as scheduled next year.

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21 - 03 - 2022

Share Warmth during COVID and Celebrate the Kwun Yam Festival with the Kwu Tung Community

The MTR Corporation supported the Kwun Yam Festival Cum Care For The Elderly event organised by the Kwu Tung Village Committee Office earlier, delivering gift bags to the elderly in the Kwu Tung community. Each gift bag contains protective gear, daily necessities and a leaflet on the Northern Link project, facilitating the community’s further understanding of the project.

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15 - 02 - 2022

Follow #ConnectBeyondMobility to watch the latest videos now

Which areas will the Northern Link connect? Where exactly is Kwu Tung Station located? Watch the latest videos of the Northern Link project to learn more. We publish posts about the Northern Link project from time to time on social media platforms. Follow the hashtag #ConnectBeyondMobility on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest news of the project!

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26 - 01 - 2022

The first round of publicity for the Northern Link project is launched!

In addition to the one-stop website for the Northern Link project, we have put up giant posters at Sheung Shui and Fanling stations and started distributing leaflets and posters to the community. We hope all these will make it easier and more convenient for you to learn more about the project and raise suggestions.

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18 - 09 - 2021

Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Kwu Tung Community

To strengthen the connection with the Kwu Tung community, the MTR Corporation earlier supported a festive activity "Celebrating reunion and joy in Mid-Autumn" organised by the Kwu Tung Village Committee Office.

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15 - 07 - 2021

Planning and design of the Northern Link commences

The MTR Corporation announces that Arup AECOM Joint Venture has been awarded a design consultancy to kick start the planning and design for the Northern Link. The scope of the consultancy includes development of the scheme into an engineering design, preparation of the construction programme, gazette plans and project cost estimate, as well as liaison with government departments and other stakeholders. Other works, including ground investigation and surveys of existing utilities, are also commenced.

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22 - 04 - 2021

Planning and design of the Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line commences

The MTR Corporation announces that Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Limited has been awarded a design consultancy to carry out the planning and design of the Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line. The scope of the consultancy includes development of the scheme into an engineering design, preparation of the construction programme, gazette plans and project cost estimate, as well as liaison with government departments and other stakeholders. Other works, including ground investigation and surveys of existing utilities, were commenced.

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