MTR opens new automated metro line in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s new fully automated metro line, the South Island Line, has opened.

The 7-km South Island Line (SIL) includes four new stations and, after the MTR Disneyland Resort Line, is only the second driverless railway line in Hong Kong.

The SIL, which opened on December 28, extends MTR services beyond Admiralty station to the Southern District of Hong Kong Island.

Lincoln Leong, chief executive officer of MTR Corporation, said: “Today is a special and memorable day for all of us as the MTR network officially extends to the Southern District with the opening of the South Island Line.

“With the Kwun Tong Line extension to Ho Man Tin and Whampoa stations have been opened in October, this is the second new railway service that we have opened within this year.”

The CBTC signalling, track and overhead electrification systems, as well as the train control management system (TCMS), were all supplied by Alstom.

The line will be served by 10 three-car trains, with trains stopping every three minutes at peak times.

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