Archaeological dig at Hong Kong MTR lines delay completion by five months

The discovery of archaeological material during the construction of a railway station in Hong Kong was revealed to have set back completion schedules by 5 months.

New blow for MTR as relic find delays work on Sha Tin-Central link
South China Morning Post, 04 June 2014

The discovery of ancient relics has caused a five-month delay in work on the Sha Tin-Central railway link’s To Kwa Wan section.

The MTR Corporation yesterday disclosed for the first time the extent to which an archaeological dig has hit the schedule. It means all five of the MTR railway projects are experiencing delays, with the most high profile, the cross-border link to Guangzhou, set to arrive two years late in 2017.

The announcement came two months after the publication of an interim archaeological study report showing that thousands of relics dated from the Song dynasty (960-1279AD) to the early 20th century had been found at the site of To Kwa Wan station and two tunnels connecting it to Ho Man Tin station.

The progress was reported to 14 legislators who visited the site yesterday for briefings from the MTR and archaeologists.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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