MTR to extend Kwun Tong line from October 23

The MTR Corporation has announced that Kwun Tong line will be extended to Ho Man Tin and Whampoa on the October 23.

When the 2.6-kilometre extension opens, it will take around 15 minutes to travel to Admiralty from Whampoa. The journey will cost HK$11.9 but passengers would save around 30 minutes of travelling time.

However, MTR officials say because of the geographical constraints in Whampoa, they could only build a single-sided platform there.

Adi Lau, MTR’s operations director, said that would mean the train frequency at the Whampoa station would be slower, running every four minutes during the peak hours because of the turn around time.

During peak hours on weekdays and certain hours of weekends, some services will terminate at Ho Man Tin station, instead of going to Whampoa station. He said that is to maintain the two minute interval of the service on the Kwun Tong line.

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