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In Pictures: MTR confirms South Island Line (East) will start running before the end of 2016

The MTR’s South Island Line (East) will start running at the end of the year, the chair of MTR Corporation Frederick Ma Si-hang has said.

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The new South Island Line portion of Admiralty Station. Photo: MTR.

The new MTR line connects Admiralty station to the southern part of Hong Kong Island.

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The new South Island Line portion of Admiralty Station. Photo: MTR.

Ma made the announcement at the opening ceremony of MTR Academy on Thursday. The exact date will be announced later, he said.

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The new South Island Line portion of Admiralty Station. Photo: MTR.

The MTRC chair previously said that the line may be delayed by up to three months, due to construction difficulties at Admiralty Station.

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The new South Island Line portion of Admiralty Station. Photo: MTR.

Lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said that, according to his knowledge, the South Island Line (East) has entered its testing phase, and is estimated to open on December 25.

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Art at Ocean Park station. Photo: MTR.

Tien said he was concerned that waiting times to board already-crowded trains at Admiralty will become even longer during rush hour as the station becomes busier.

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The lawmaker expressed hope that the MTR Corporation will speed up the new signaling system – which will not be completed until 2018 – and implement a discount period after 7pm to ease the flow during peak times.

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Wong Chuk Hang station. Photo: MTR.

The line will connect Admiralty, Ocean Park, Wong Chuk Hang, Lei Tung and South Horizons, with an estimated 11 minutes of travel time between Admiralty and South Horizons.

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South Horizons station. Photo: MTR.

Documents previously sent to LegCo by the MTR Corporation indicated that the South Island Line (East) would have to speed up the construction at Admiralty station or there would be a big chance that the line would not be able to open according to schedule, according to RTHK.

In Pictures: MTR confirms South Island Line (East) will start running before the end of 2016