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Two long-awaited stations on the MTR’s Tuen Ma line are set to start operating on 27 June, connecting the New Territories across one 56-kilometre stretch. The opening of To Kwa Wan and Sung Wong Toi stations will complete the Tai Wai to Hung Hom section of the 27-station Tuen Ma line, making it the longest MTR line in Hong Kong.
With the unified Tuen Ma line, a trip from To Kwa Wan to Central will now take 20 minutes and cost $12.5, while a nine-minute journey to Tsim Sha Tsui East will cost $5.6. To celebrate the opening, MTR is reducing the price of regular and concessionary journeys that begin or end on the Tuen Ma line until the end of the year.
In news that will be sure to please New Territories-based commuters, Secretary for Transport Frank Chan said on Friday that trains would come every three minutes during peak travel times. The line will also debut a new indicator on platforms that flash red if the carriages are full, and green if there is space.
Sung Wong Toi, which is named after an imperial relic near the station, drew considerable public attention in 2014 when construction workers discovered centuries-old artefacts on-site, including a stone building, wells, and 500 Song dynasty coins. Following a lengthy archaeological assessment, the station’s structure was modified to accommodate conservation plans, while its design was changed to incorporate archaeology-inspired motifs. (Besides the important cultural conservation, we’re also grateful for the fact that the station will make it much easier to visit Kowloon City for delicious Thai food and satay beef noodles.)