The first 15.6 km long section of the Hong Kong underground railway, completed ahead of schedule and within the projected budget, will be one of the few commuter railways to be financially self-supporting when the other lines are opened in 1983. The Kong Kow line starts on Hong Kong island and crosses the harbour through an immersed tube tunnel to Kowloon where it runs north to Prince Edward. The air-conditioned, eight-car trains can seat 384 passengers with a crush capacity of 3300. At a maximum operating frequency of 2 min, the capacity of each line is 60000 passengers per hour. Fares are automatically collected using magnetically coded tickets. The main tunnels were driven through granite and soft marine deposits using compressed air and ground treatment techniques. The soft ground tunnels were lined with precast concrete and cast iron segments while rock tunnels were treated with in-situ concrete. The 1400 M long immersed tube tunnel has a constant radius of 3000 M and is claimed to be the first such construction built on a continuous curve.

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    Morgan-Grampian Limited

    30 Calderwood Street
    London SE18 6QH,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-4

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 14-16
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  • Accession Number: 00316595
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1982 12:00AM