• Shatin was separated from Kowloon by rugged peaks

  • Jumbo tunneling machines

  • Tunnel blasting was completed in 1963

Tunnel

Lion Rock Tunnel – Phases I & II

1961

First road tunnel links Shatin with Kowloon

 

As Hong Kong’s population grew and economic development continued unabated, the Government sought new ways to pump fresh water from Plover Cove in the New Territories to the dynamic manufacturing heart of Kowloon.

 

Originally conceived as a water tunnel, the project was later extended to include the first road link through the granite mountain separating Kowloon from the New Territories. Using a jumbo tunnelling machine along with 150 tonnes of explosives, the 10.5 metre diameter tunnel was completed in 1964.

 

As the first road tunnel linking Kowloon and Shatin, the route opened a new social and economic lifeline to the far reaches of Hong Kong. Ten years later a second Lion Rock Tunnel was commissioned, a project again awarded to Dragages.

Client Public Works Department, Hong Kong Government
Project Construction of a road and water supply tunnel between Shatin and Kowloon
1st tunnel 1,400m
2nd tunnel 1,400m
Year 1961 - 1964, 1973 - 1975