Railways are safe, efficient, reliable, comfortable and environmentally friendly
mass carriers. They play a key role in Hong Kong's transport systems strategy and the
Government gives high priority to railway development. The Railway Development
Strategy 2000, which provides a blueprint for the next phase of railway development,
includes a number of new railway schemes to meet Hong Kong's increasing transport
needs in a sustainable manner over the next two decades.
The Tseung Kwan O Line, which commenced operation in August 2002, the
West Rail, which commenced operation in December 2003, the East Rail Tsim Sha Tsui
Extension, which commenced operation in October 2004, the East Rail Tai Wai to Ma
On Shan Rail Link, which commenced operation in December 2004, and the
Disneyland Resort Line, which commenced operation in August 2005, involved an
investment of about $83 billion. Construction works of three railway projects, namely
the Spur Line, the Kowloon Southern Link and the Tseung Kwan O South Station,
continued in 2006 at a total cost of about $20 billion.
The Sha Tin to Central Link, the West Island Line, the Northern Link and the
Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link are
now in the planning stage.