Tian Beichen refers to opening the Shazhong line for an indefinite time.
11 Jul 2013 15:24
Tian Beichen, a board member of the Round Table Demonstration Council, said that, given the variety of problems in the Shazhong Line project, traffic was not in sight, and the MTR should propose a "exploitation scheme" to compensate for the mistake.
Tian Beichen said that the "horses line" in the Tai Wai-Hung Hom section of Shatin Central will be open for traffic mid-next year, but the Hung Hom Station platform may be demolished and rebuilt, and the MTR should be opened for the first time next year. From Tai Wai to Diamond Hill, Sha Sha will redirect Northwestern new area residents to Diamond Hill to Kwun Tong line and cross the east port of Hong Kong Island.
He said that the MTR should allocate more resources to existing railroad facilities at Hung Hom Station and install traction equipment to allow a "horseback link" to Ho Man Tin Station in the middle or third quarter of next year. Residents of Kwa Wan and Ma Tau Wai will be able to cross the "Horse Line" line to relieve the rigs of Kowloon Tong and Yau Ma Tei.
Tian Beichen said it was not known whether the MTR would accept the "Purchase Scheme," but cites experts to say that the scheme is technically feasible.