A residential development right on Discovery Bay’s doorstep (at Siu Ho Wan MTR Depot) is set to help the government meet public housing supply targets in the medium term. On December 26, 2020, Chief Executive Carrie Lam visited the seafront site, where she was briefed by the Chairman of the MTRCL Dr Rex Auyeung, and the MTRCL’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Jacob Kam.
“Housing is the crux of the many problems faced by Hong Kong, and the core of the housing problem lies in the shortage of land for housing development,” Ms Lam said. “The 30-hectare Siu Ho Wan MTR Depot site has great potential for development through innovative planning.”
The site is situated on reclaimed land built in the 1990s, approximately 5 kilometres east of Tung Chung New Town along the North Lantau Highway, near the entrance to the Discovery Bay Tunnel. As announced in the Chief Executive’s 2020 Policy Address, the development will provide some 20,000 residential units, of which around 50% will be public housing. The first 6,000 flats will be ready for residents to move in starting in 2030.
The Siu Ho Wan MTR Depot development is only the second topside (with no below ground excavation) public housing project to be built over operating railway facilities since the Kornhill development on the Island Line in the 1980s. This is the first time the MTRCL has contributed to public housing since it was listed in 2000.
The Siu Ho Wan MTR Depot development complements the MTRCL’s plans for the Tung Chung Line Extension. The plans include a 1.3-kilometre underground extension of the Tung Chung Line to a new terminus station in Tung Chung West, as well as an additional above-ground station between Sunny Bay and Tung Chung stations to serve Tung Chung East. Construction is expected to start in 2023, with a projected completion of the two stations and associated railways by 2029.
“Hong Kong’s highly efficient railway network is instrumental to the city’s economic growth and sustainable development and the [MTR] Corporation is proud of its pivotal role in keeping Hong Kong moving,” Dr Auyeung said in November last year. “The new projects will continue to drive Hong Kong’s development, benefitting a wide spectrum of sectors, create thousands of new jobs and numerous business opportunities.”
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