Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (the Spur Line)



DateContextSummary of developmentAction
9/98 - In September 1998, the Executive Council (ExCo) decided that the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) should be invited to submit a detailed proposal for the implementation of the Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line (the Spur Line) project.

KCRC submitted its proposal on the Spur Line project to Government in March 1999. ExCo decided to ask KCRC to proceed with the detailed planning and design of the Spur Line.

Running along a 7.4 km alignment, the Spur Line would branch off the existing East Rail north of Sheung Shui to terminate at Lok Ma Chau Station, including 700 metres over Long Valley.

8.10.99 PRESS denoting Press Release The Administration published in the Gazette the railway scheme for the Spur Line in accordance with the Railways Ordinance. [Press release]
28.4.00 PRESS denoting Press Release The Administration published in the Gazette the amendments to the Spur Line in accordance with the Railways Ordinance. [Press release]
31.5.00 CQ denoting Council Question Hon Christine LOH raised a question on the alignment of the Spur Line. She was particularly concerned whether alternative alignments had been considered, and the environmental and planning merits of each alignment.[Hansard "page 83"]
16.10.00 PRESS denoting Press Release The Director of Environmental Protection (DEP) decided not to approve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the Spur Line and not to issue an Environmental Permit (EP) for the project. [Press release]
18.10.00 TP denoting Transport Panel The Panel raised concern about the development of the Spur Line at the meeting when the Secretary for Transport briefed members on the Chief Executive's (CE) Policy Address 2000. [Minutes]
10.11.00 - KCRC lodged an appeal to the Environmental Impact Assessment Appeal Board (the Appeal Board) against DEP's decision not to approve the EIA report and not to issue EP for the Spur Line project.
15.12.00 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved a supplementary provision of $35 million under Head 92 Department of Justice Subhead Hire of legal services and related professional fees. This included $2 million for KCRC vs DEP on the Spur Line case. [Paper]
2.1.01 EA denoting Environmental Affairs Panel The Panel discussed the Administration's proposal to seek funding approval for the proposed remuneration package for the Chairman of the Appeal Board appointed by CE to hear the appeal case on the Spur Line project. [Paper]
5.1.01 FC denoting Finance Committee FC considered a proposal for a remuneration package for the Chairman of the Appeal Board appointed by CE to hear the appeal case on the Spur Line project. [Paper]

The Administration withdrawn the proposal in view of members' concerns. [Minutes]

19.1.01 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved the resubmitted proposal for a remuneration package for the Chairman of the Appeal Board appointed by CE to hear the appeal case on the Spur Line project. [Paper]
27.6.01 CM denoting Council Motion Hon LAU Kong-wah moved a motion urging the Administration to consider exploring the feasibility of operating a Sheung Shui-Shenzhen express rail line and a Hung Hom-Shenzhen through train service. He was concerned that the Spur Line might not be able to alleviate the overcrowding problem at Lo Wu Station. The motion as amended by Hon WONG Sing-chi was passed by the Council. [Hansard "Page 254"]
30.7.01 PRESS denoting Press Release The Appeal Board confirmed the decision of DEP not to approve EIA report for the Spur Line and not to issue EP for the project. [Press release]
18.9.01 PRESS denoting Press Release Following the Appeal Board's dismissal of KCRC's appeal, the Administration and KCRC worked on the best way forward and concluded that the bored tunnel represented a more practical way compared to the original viaduct option, as it was more environmental acceptable and hence the new EIA process could be completed earlier.

On 18.9.01, the Administration announced that the CE in Council had endorsed KCRC's proposal to adopt the tunnel option for the construction of the Spur Line project. The project was scheduled for completion before mid-2007. [Press release]

26.10.01 TP denoting Transport Panel The Panel discussed the KCRC's proposed tunnel option for the Spur Line Project. [LegCo Brief]
13.12.01 EA,TP denoting Environmental Affairs Panel and Transport Panel The Panels discussed with the Administration on the protection of wetlands in Long Valley in light of the latest development of the Spur Line project, and met with deputations on the subject. [Paper provided by Environment and Food Bureau] [Paper provided by Transport Bureau] [Background brief prepared by the Secretariat]
24.1.02 EA,TP denoting Environmental Affairs Panel and Transport Panel The Panels continued the discussion on the protection of wetlands in Long Valley in light of the latest development of the Spur Line project, and met with deputations on the subject.[Summary of views raised at the meeting held on 13.12.01] [Administration's response]
22.5.02 CQ denoting Council Question Hon WONG Sing-chi raised a question on impact of works along the alignment of the Spur Line on wetlands in Long Valley. [Hansard "page 66"]
14.6.02 PRESS denoting Press Release The Chief Executive in Council authorized the Spur Line project under the Railways Ordinance. The notice of authorization was gazetted.[Press Release]
9.10.02 CM denoting Council Motion Dr Hon TANG Siu-tong moved a motion urging the Administration to expediting the implementation of the Northern Link, having considered that the Spur Line could not solve the problem of overloading of East Rail. The motion as amended by Hon Albert CHAN was passed. [Hansard "Page 115"]
27.11.02 SUBC denoting Subcommittee on matters relating to railways The Subcommittee discussed paper on the funding proposal for the essential public infrastructure works for the Spur Line at an estimated cost of $656.5 million in money-of-the-day (MOD) prices. [Paper] [Follow-up paper]
29.1.03 PWSC denoting Public Works Subcommittee PWSC endorsed a commitment to upgrade 46TR to Category A at an estimated cost of $656.5 million in MOD prices for the construction of the essential public infrastructure works for the Spur Line. [Paper]
21.2.03 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved the commitment endorsed by PWSC on 29.1.03. [Paper]
7.5.04 SUBC denoting Subcommittee on matters relating to railways The Panel discussed paper on the funding proposal for the design and construction of a public transport interchange at the Lok Ma Chau (LMC) Terminus of the Sheung Shui to Spur Line at an estimated cost of $93.1 million in MOD prices. [Paper]
9.6.04 PWSC denoting Public Works Subcommittee PWSC endorsed a commitment to upgrade 75TI to Category A at an estimated cost of $93.1 million in MOD prices for the design and construction of a public transport interchange at the LMC Terminus of the Spur Line. [Paper]
25.6.04 FC denoting Finance Committee FC approved the commitment endorsed by PWSC on 9.6.04. [Paper]
26.1.07 TP denoting Transport Panel The Administration briefed members of the public transport arrangements at the public transport interchange of the new boundary crossing of Sheung Shui - Lok Ma Chau Spur Line. [Paper]

Development to date presented in background brief prepared by the Secretariat. [Background brief]

2.3.07 TP denoting Transport Panel The Panel met with the transport trades to receive views on traffic and transport arrangements for the commissioning of the Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line.

The Administration provided supplementary information on traffic and transport arrangements for the commissioning of the Sheung Shui to Lok Ma Chau Spur Line. [Paper]

25.5.07 TP denoting Transport Panel The Administration and KCRC briefed members on the operational readiness and the fare of the Spur Line which will open for revenue operation in mid 2007. [Paper]


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