• The new rail tracks

  • Construction works being carried out among the rice paddies

  • Celebrations at the breakthrough of the final tunnel tube.

Railway

KCRC – Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Tunnels

2002

Tunnel solution eases congestion and preserves environment

 

As trade between Hong Kong and Mainland China increased, the Lok Ma Chau KCRC Spur Line was proposed to alleviate congestion at the popular Lo Wu border crossing. The proposed route lays across the environmentally sensitive Long Valley, a heritage agriculture and wetland site.

 

To protect the area, the decision was made to tunnel beneath it, using an Earth Pressure Balanced Tunnel Boring Machine (EPBTBM). The challenge for Dragages was how to tunnel safely under marshland and rice fields.

 

By adopting the special tunnelling methods, the environmentally-sensitive Long Valley was preserved and the wetlands remained an important habitat home to rare bird and fish species.

Client Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
Project Design and build a twin rail tunnel, access shafts, ventilation buildings and a provisional station
Tunnel length 5,200m
Year 2002 - 2006