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.

 

Vision of the Northern Link

The Northern Link will connect the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line, providing communities along the alignment with efficient and environmentally friendly railway services, fostering the mobility of citizens within and outside the area and encouraging the exploration of the infinite possibilities of the Northwestern New Territories. As the major transport infrastructure facilitating the development of the Northern Metropolis, the Northern Link will serve the transport needs of the new development areas. It will also unleash the development potential of the land along its alignment, providing fresh impetus for the long-term development of the Northwestern New Territories and Hong Kong to keep the city moving sustainably. The Northern Link will open up exciting opportunities in living, housing, working, business and learning, driving sustainable growth for generations and advancing our concerted efforts in building a brighter future for Hong Kong.

Learn more

下載小冊子

Learn more

Development of the Northern Link

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

Apart from building railway facilities that are familiar to the public, such as stations, tunnels and railway tracks, we will also plan, design and construct new ancillary facilities, expand existing railway facilities as well as carry out relevant enabling works in the vicinity of the alignment in accordance with statutory requirements, operational needs and railway development plans.

Despite the mega scale and complexity of the project, we attach great importance to every detail of the project delivery and will embed sustainability into each stage to create value for our stakeholders.

Learn more

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

1

East Rail Line –
Kwu Tung Station

2

The Northern Link

Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line

Target to commence construction in 2023 for completion in 2027

Between Lok Ma Chau and Sheung Shui stations, Kwu Tung Station on the East Rail Line will be located at the junction of the existing Ma Tso Lung Road and Ho Sheung Heung Road, which is also the town centre of the future Kwu Tung North (KTN) New Development Area (NDA). The proposed Kwu Tung Station will be the public transport hub in the area, making it easier for existing and future residents living in the KTN NDA to take efficient, convenient and low-carbon railway services.

Learn more

The Northern Link

Target to commence construction in 2025 for completion in 2034

Connecting the East Rail Line and the Tuen Ma Line, the proposed Northern Link will be built between Kwu Tung and Kam Sheung Road stations, with three intermediate stations at San Tin, Ngau Tam Mei and Au Tau. The proposed Northern Link will form a railway loop in the Northern New Territories, enhancing the transport connectivity between the east and west of the New Territories. It will also unleash the development potential of the land along its alignment, fostering the long-term development of Hong Kong.

Following preliminary assessment and consideration of various factors while actively responding to the opinions of different stakeholders, we are currently carrying out further technical studies and design works based on the sustainable underground railway alignment scheme option. Compared to the above-ground scheme option, running underground could provide more flexibility for future communities in developing above-ground land along the alignment while posing comparatively less and short-run impacts on the nearby ecology.

Learn more

Key Information

  • The Northern Link between Kwu Tung and Kam Sheung Road stations is

    about 10.7km long

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

  • Journey time is approximately

    3 minutes

    between Kwu Tung and Sheung Shui stations.

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

  • Journey time is approximately

    12 minutes

    between Kam Sheung Road and Kwu Tung stations.

    (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 areas that rely on road transport with fast and convenient railway services, offering residents in the New Territories and passengers more route alternatives for travelling across districts. It will help divert railway passenger flow in the Northeastern New Territories and alleviate the existing road traffic pressure. In addition, the Northern Link will enhance cross-boundary population mobility, facilitating residents, particularly those living in the west of the New Territories, to use the cross-boundary train services on the East Rail Line to travel between Mainland China and Hong Kong.

  • The Northern Link between Kwu Tung and Kam Sheung Road stations is

    about 10.7km long

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

  • Journey time is approximately

    3 minutes

    between Kwu Tung and Sheung Shui stations.

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

  • Journey time is approximately

    12 minutes

    between Kam Sheung Road and Kwu Tung stations.

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

Powered by electricity, MTR trains are a means of low-carbon and environmentally friendly mass public transportation. On top of this, we will embed sustainability into every stage of the Northern Link project, including planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance. We will conduct an environmental impact assessment and incorporate sustainable features in the design and operation of the new stations, thereby supporting Hong Kong’s transition towards a carbon-neutral city. We will also utilise innovative technologies to deliver the project, for example, adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM), Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) to minimise operations on-site, enhancing the efficiency and quality of railway construction.

As the major transport infrastructure facilitating the development of the Northern Metropolis, the Northern Link supports the unleashing of the development potential of the land along its alignment. It stimulates housing supply and encourages business, leisure, tourism and other activities in the area, thereby driving local employment and economic development. Moreover, the developments enabled by the Northern Link will help provide residents with better supporting measures and facilities in education, medical care, shopping and social services, meeting the future communities’ needs for a better place to live and work.

Latest News

11 - 11 - 2022

MTR Welcomes the Authorisation of the Railway Scheme for Kwu Tung Station

The MTR Corporation welcomes the Government’s authorisation of the addition of Kwu Tung Station under the Railways Ordinance (Cap. 519).

Learn more

10 - 09 - 2022

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with the Northern Link – Riddles Series

Tying in with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Northern Link (NOL) project team has taken part in various Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations at communities along the alignment. To further build up the festive fun, we tailor-made a special set of 10 lantern riddles related to NOL. While experienced in the tradition of cracking riddles, residents from local communities also discovered more fun facts and background information about the railway project.

Learn more

06 - 09 - 2022

Sharing the joy of Mid-Autumn Festival with communities along the Northern Link

Leading up to the time celebrating the year’s bountiful harvest, the Northern Link (NOL) project team visited different communities along the NOL alignment to share and enjoy the festive season.

Learn more

03 - 06 - 2022

The Northern Link project team celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival with the Kwu Tung Community

The Northern Link project team participated in the Dragon Boat Festival event organised by the Kwu Tung Village Committee Office earlier to distribute anti-epidemic service bags and festive foods to the residents to share warmth and care with the Kwu Tung community.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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!

Watch now

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more