The public transportation between East Kowloon and Tseung Kwan O is mainly bus, minibus and taxi. These methods of transportation are not very environmentally friendly. The Tseung Kwan O Extension (TKE) was one of the railway projects that were given the highest priority in the Government's Railway Development Strategy (RDS) 1994. Major construction contracts were awarded in late 1998.
Purposes and Advantages
The population in Tseung Kwan O and nearby areas fulfilled TKE's requirements and was still increasing, and the TKE could provide an alternative means of cleaner and more efficient transportation to and from those areas. Such high demand of the TKE made it one of the highest priority railway project. With TKE, passengers going to or from Tseung Kwan O can travel without the need of changing the means of transportation. All they have to do are short walks across the platforms for their connection.
The TKE consisted of mainly two components.
First, the Kwun Tong Line (KTL) was diverted through Yau Tong Station to terminate at Tiu Keng Leng Station. New tunnels were built between Lam Tin and Yau Tong Stations. Both Yau Tong and Tiu Keng Leng acted as interchange stations for the KTL and the Tseung Kwan O Line (TKL).
Second, the TKL started from Po Lam Station, and went all the way thru Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O, Tiu Keng Leng, and Yau Tong Stations. It then ran thru the existing Eastern Harbour Crossing, and reached Quarry Bay and North Point Stations. A further add-on to the TKL would be completed around 2004. It would connect Tseung Kwan O Station to Area 86, where the Tseung Kwan O Depot (TKD) is located. Both North Point and Quarry Bay acted as interchanging stations for Island Line and TKL.
Yau Tong Station opened on 4 August 2002, while others followed on 18 August 2002 at 14:00. This arrangement enabled passengers to get familiar with the train changing procedures two weeks before the opening of the entire Tseung Kwan O Line.
* These abbreviations have been amended. TIK, POA and A86 were TKL, POL and TKS respectively, but they were changed to avoid confusion with abbreviations of other lines and sidings
As described in the Railway Development Strategy (RDS) 2000, the TKL, by 2008, may join up with the Sheung Wan to Tin Hau section of ISL, and the West Island Line (WIL), to become the Tseung Kwan O to Kennedy Town East-West Corridor. See Future -> West Island Line (Not Available) for more.
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